By popular demand the Heygates Superstarter Crumbs for quail, together with the rest of the quail feed range, are now available from stock all year round.  Superstarter crumbs are a 27% protein superfine crumb with Avatec and fish meal.

Please note that Superstarter crumbs contain Avatec to help prevent coccidiosis and this medication should be withdrawn at least 5 days before the eggs are taken or the birds are slaughtered for human consumption.

The recommended feeding programme for quail is:

Laying birds
0-4 weeks           Superstarter Crumbs (27% protein superfine crumb + Avatec)
4-6 weeks           Quail Grower (20% protein non medicated 2.2mm mini pellet)
8 weeks +           Quail Breeder/Layers (19.5% protein 2.2mm mini pellet)

Superstarter Crumbs contain the cocidiostat Avatec to help prevent disease.  This product must not  be fed for at least five days before eggs are eaten.

Meat birds
0-4 weeks           Superstarter Crumbs
4 weeks +           Quail Grower Pellets (20% protein 2.2mm mini pellet)

Feed Intakes
Feed intakes will vary according to breed and environmental conditions but typical quantities are:
0-4 weeks 100 grammes per bird per week
over 4 weeks 115 grammes per bird per week

Meat birds are normally slaughtered at 40 to 45 days.  Growth rate is rapid until five weeks of age, thereafter it slows down and adult weight is achieved at about 50 days.