Once you figure out what quail can eat they are really easy to take care of. Despite the quail’s fragile appearance and reputation, they are quite hardy creatures that are relatively easy to feed. Quail also really enjoy getting a treat now and again just like other birds.
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What Can Quail Eat?
Coturnix quail are picky eaters, but once you understand what quails eat and what they need, it all makes sense.
Quail are considered granivores. Granivores have a diet that consists mainly of grains and seeds. However, this does not mean that they won’t eat the kind of things that most birds enjoy, like bugs, worms, and plant matter.
If you aren’t familiar with your quails’ dietary needs, consider merely sticking to commercial feed formulated for game birds until you are a bit more experienced.
Treats for Coturnix Quail
Quail, just like chickens like treats too. One of their favorite treats is mealworms. just like with chickens you don’t want to feed them too many.
Scratch grain is a favorite for our Coturnix quail. I give it to them once a week or so, or if the weather forecast is calling for extremely cold temperatures. It is a nice fatty treat.
Corn – give them corn on the cob! Whether it’s corn that you have already eaten and you are giving them the cob, or a full cob of corn, they’ll love it.
Cucumber – they enjoy fresh cucumber, just slice it down the middle and they’ll clean it out.
Peaches and berries are a sweet treat. Just don’t feed them too much as they are high in sugar. These are often softer which they seem to enjoy.
Clover – my Coturnix quail go crazy for clover. I grab handfuls of it from the yard for them and they will bounce around their cage like popping popcorn.
Tips for Feeding Coturnix Quail
- If the feed comes in pellet form, try breaking it up into (quail) bite-sized pieces. Make sure that the pieces are consistent, or the quail will just pick out the pieces they like best and leave the rest. This can result in an in-balanced diet.
- Avoid mashed feed, if you can. If you must use mash feed, make sure that it is not too powdery. The powder can easily get in between the quail’s toes and cause infections.
- Adult quail will eat about 20 to 25 grams of food a day.
Quail like seeds and greens. They enjoy millet, they enjoy fresh herbs you can grow for them. They are relatively easy to care for and feed, both their main feed and feeding them treats.
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