On the topic of DIY poultry and quail feeds, many naysayers will say its a waste of time and money. However, they may not have baby quail that require a very high protein content feed for the early stages of life, and probably don’t live somewhere where its hard to get a quality high protein feed. So, if you are not a naysayer, and looking for some help, here is a list of things to help you provide proper nutrition to baby quail, or just bulk your protein content.
The list is for readily available food items, from grocery, hardware, and pet stores, that can be used to bulk protein content of chicken feeds. Or perhaps you’ll use them to mix your own.
50%-56% Dry Meal Worms – Found in the bird feed section of hardware stores, or at pet stores
40% Dry Soybean – Bulk food section at grocery store
20%-22% Flaxseed – Bulk food section at grocery store
20% Meatbird Chicken Feed
18% Finch Bird Seed – Found in the bird feed section of hardware stores, or at pet stores
16% Standard Adult Chicken Feed
13%-16% Wheat Berries – Bulk food section at grocery store
10% Dry Milo
9% Dry Corn
After measuring out ingredients to the right ratios on a food scale, we use a nut and spice grinder or old blender(dedicated to this process) to bulk the protein content of feeds. We also dust calcium, vitamins, and any other seed mixes to increase vitamin, fat, and oil contents of our feeds.
If you use the bulk soybeans, they should get a quick roasting in the oven. Otherwise, they will contain growth inhibitors, which is counterproductive to the effort of bulking your protein. Heat destroys the growth inhibitors in raw soybean. Just stick them on a pan in an oven for a bit, until they are evenly golden.
The naysayers can hate, but our quail frequently reach maturity at an early age, are healthy, and happy. The eggs our breeding quail lay are large, hatching rates high, and the health of newly hatched chicks great. Its worth it to us to DIY high protein feeds, it may not be for others, but we’d rather encourage than discourage you, and hopefully provide some help along the way.
If you have additional suggestions, please leave us a comment, and we’ll add it to the list. Thanks.