BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Quail › Can I feed my quail grapes? And foods that are bad for quail.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Can I feed my quail grapes? And foods that are bad for quail. - Page 2

post #11 of 18
Hello,

Sugarcane juice is highly nutritious with lots of vitamins and especially minerals, it is influenced by variety and the way you grow your sugarcane. Sugarcane is basically a large grass, one of the most efficient plants at converting sunlight into biomass. Most plant have an efficiency of 0.1-2% whereas Sugarcane has an efficiency of ~6-8%.

While doing research on raising chicks, there were some people that mentioned adding electrolytes or even sugar to the newly hatched chicks watering container will give them a boost of energy but I try to avoid using white table sugar as it is highly processed. Instead, I gave them diluted fresh sugarcane juice from my backyard which has natural sugars and lots of other goodies.

Sugarcane juice is living plant juice and oxidizes very fast, you can tell when you juice it. Freshly pressed, it is yellow in color but after about 5-15 minutes, it starts to oxidize into a brownish color. I feel that the natural living juice of this grass along with wheatgrass juice may contain micronutrients that may benefit my birds. You can find the exact nutritional content of sugarcane juice by googling it, I'm too lazy to list it:)

I give Sugarcane juice and wheatgrass juice to my kids so I figure if it's good enough for us, it's good enough for my birds.
Simon
post #12 of 18
Here is a picture of my Shinto Dragon Jumbo Coturnix project birds. It is 13 days and 5 hours old and weighs approximately 90 grams which meets Tatanka standards. I believe it was the high Protein food I gave them that helps them grow so fast, well that plus the Genetics but the Sugarcane juice and Wheatgrass may have helped them with certain nutrient assimilation due to the live and active enzymes in the fresh juice.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 

That is an amazing weight for such a young chick. And really interesting information regarding the sugar cane. I would never have considered giving it to them, but can understand why you may.

post #14 of 18
My quails love the seeds that have fallen on the ground from my budgies. whenever we mow the lawn they like to eat and nest the grass the lawnmower spits out.
post #15 of 18

My chucker quail were pulling each others feathers off.I read in a book to hang a head of lettuce from roof to give them something else to pick on.Also we trimmed their beaks.They all have all their feathers,about 30.

post #16 of 18

That's cool

17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
Reply
17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
Reply
post #17 of 18

Would love to more about beak trimming.  My 12yo is in the process of trying to start a little money making hobby by breeding and selling quail.  The most recent 3 males she wants to sell, (has too many males), have had to be put in individual cages in the hope their head feathers grow back before she can sell them as no one wants to buy half bald quail.  They are 91/2 weeks old, and suddenly started attacking each other about 1 1/2 weeks ago, when they hit maturity I'm guessing.  Knew two were definitely male a bit earlier than this and she was just waiting to confirm sex of third before selling.  The day they were to be sold they pecked each others heads bald!!!  Grrr. So have had to postpone sale and are patiently waiting for those darn head feathers to grow back.

post #18 of 18


I haven't tried it on quail yet,although I talked to a man at a quail farm,he said he just touched a soldering iron to tip of beak.I haven't tried that.You can get a pair of dog toenail clippers,they do make an electric debeaker, but its too much.You take your toenail clippers pull open the top beak,you will notice there is pink close to end of beak.you don't want tto cut into that,it will bleed,they say to have silver nitrate handy in case you cut to far.On my chuckars you cut only about one eight or less off,quail will be less.It keeps them from getting hold of feathers.They do grow back in a few weeks.I also have had a lot of feather pulling.One female pulled every feather off 5 birds.I gave her away.Theres probally more ways on internet.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Quail
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Quail › Can I feed my quail grapes? And foods that are bad for quail.