When raising Quail feed the Quail chicks a “starter” diet soon after hatching. The starter diet has the highest level of protein a bird receives during its lifetime. After the Quail chicks are six or eight weeks old, feed meat-type birds a “finisher” diet, and feed flight birds and those saved for egg production a “developer” diet. Remember, birds saved for egg production are fed developer diets, not finisher diets.
It is important to provide the correct diet to your Quail if you want the desired results. Feed your meat Quail a non medicated diet during the last week to assure no drug residues remain in the tissues of the Quail. Examples of FDA approved antibiotics for Quail diets are bacitracin and penicillin. Including bacitracin in diets of all game birds is recommended to maintain healthy, productive Quail.
Deviation from the recommended diets alters the levels of all nutrients and can create undesired problems. Always consult with a poultry nutritionist or your county agent before making dietary changes. Poor quality ingredients may be tolerated in diets of some types of farm animals but not quail. In most cases, chicken diets can be fed to growing bobwhite Quail that are raised for slaughter.
It is important to provide the correct diet to the birds if desired result are to be attained. Feed flight birds and immature breeders the developer diet until you sell them or until they are about20 weeks old. Bacitracin (50-200 grams per ton) or penicillin (20-50 grams per ton) is permitted in game bird diets preventatives against ulcerative enteritis (quail disease). Including bacitracin in diets of all game birds is recommended to maintain healthy,productive birds.
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