When can you start to feed your Quails normal feed?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Jth15, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. Jth15

    Jth15 New Egg

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    Hi everyone, I'm new to quails and hopefully plan on getting some in the near future (but of course, research first before i decide to get into it). I was wondering at what age do you get your quails off the starter feed and move them over to the normal adult feed? I am wondering because I am not sure yet if I want to get quails that are about 5 weeks or if I should get them when they are younger (1 week). Thank you for your help! Glad I found this place, it has been very helpful for someone like me who is deciding whether they should go into quails. :)
     
  2. pkhunter

    pkhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feed mine 28% game bird from day one. I do grind it up the first week for them.
     
  3. Jth15

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    Hmm, so it is not necessary to start off with game bird starter feed? Thanks for the input. I was feeling a bit confused with when to switch because i was worried that if i do get younger quails i might end up switching too early or too late and causing health problems. Thanks!
     
  4. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I pretty much feed mine 27 percent starter all the time. if they are out I feed a 22 percent grower finisher feed.

    they seem to do fine on the higher protein. but if you wanted to switch if your getting cotournix I would say anytime after 6 weeks of age.
     
  5. Jth15

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    Thanks! I was thinking that if I used starter I would have to throw away the leftover starter after I switched and that would be a waste, but it's good to know that I can keep feeding them the starter until it's finished :)
     
  6. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey and that's awesome that you're researching :D

    With any animal, when switching food it's ideal to do it gradually by adding varying percentages of each feed until all you are feeding is the new feed. [​IMG]

    This will help with possible stomach upset and won't be such a shock. It will also help you constructively use up that last bit of starter feed [​IMG]
     
  7. Jth15

    Jth15 New Egg

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    Oh yeah! That's true, thanks for the great reminder; That will definitely help with gradually finishing the starter.
     

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