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What do coturnix like to eat?

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Outside of feed, what are some veggies or fruit that they like to eat? I know that meal worms are fun, but will they like them at 6w old?

Stacey- Christian homeschooling mom to 4 (11,10,7 and 18mos). Happy owner to 6 coturnix quail.
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Stacey- Christian homeschooling mom to 4 (11,10,7 and 18mos). Happy owner to 6 coturnix quail.
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post #2 of 48

Mine like lettuce smile

Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.

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Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.

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post #3 of 48

I grew several kinds of millets this year, Italian (the kind sold in pet stores as spray millet), Foxtail, and Japanese Barnyard millet.  Mine seem to love those, I've been pulling the entire plant up by the roots and hanging it upside down in the enclosure so that the seed heads are at quail level, and they have a good time picking at the seeds.

post #4 of 48

raw apple finely chopped.  any greens:beet greens,chicory, romaine lettuce,carrot tops,dandelion,parsley,basically any green i have offered them.
Summer squash cut in half so they can get to the middle part, Green Zebra variety of Tomatoes cut in half so they can get to the insides..Man they LOOOOOVE  love this tomato variety!Can't get them to eat red ones ,just green or yellow.
Amaranth seed, carrots ,winter type squashes and sweet potato that has been cooked to mushy texture.
Haven't tried many fruits with them yet,just the apple which they like alot.
Oatmeal ( not the quick oats )
scrambled eggs. I know people say to only give them the yolk( ??) but i scramble up the whole thing...always did that for our parrots budgies and finches  as well when we had them, never any problems with it  and they're NUTS about it....
Plan to get around to offering them citrus fruits too one of these days.
Mealworms of course.
NO Stinkbugs...hahahaha...a stinkbug got in 1 of the pens and my bravest girl went after it as soon as she spotted it...she'll NEVER do THAT again i bet! She sooooooo did not like the taste!    it was increrdibly FUNNY..  gig  lau  i think she wanted to be able to SPIT! tongue
i think that's about it  that i've tried

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mom to 3 grown "kids". married to DH for 36 yrs. 1 dog( 1 BostonTerrier/Beagle  rescue) 1 mutt rabbit( also a rescue) ,2 rescue senior citizen Budgies ,assorted  Coturnix , and 2 ducks...so far ...LOL....
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In GOD we trust
mom to 3 grown "kids". married to DH for 36 yrs. 1 dog( 1 BostonTerrier/Beagle  rescue) 1 mutt rabbit( also a rescue) ,2 rescue senior citizen Budgies ,assorted  Coturnix , and 2 ducks...so far ...LOL....
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post #5 of 48

flax seed. Yes, the expensive stuff you put in finch feeders! Mine love it but I don't give much.

post #6 of 48

Will or can they eat BOSS? What about wheat or barley?

post #7 of 48

Apples. Mine love apples lately. Today the younger ones almost grabbed my fingers with the apples.

Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.

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Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.

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post #8 of 48

What do coturnix like to eat?


Answer: EVERYTHING!

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post #9 of 48

Guess you aren't raising for size.  Mine like feed.  Once in a blue moon millet, usually when it is storming.

I still breed Sicilian Buttercups, and Coturnix quail - As Big As You Can Get Them.  No, I stilll don't sell eggs or birds.
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I still breed Sicilian Buttercups, and Coturnix quail - As Big As You Can Get Them.  No, I stilll don't sell eggs or birds.
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post #10 of 48
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Originally Posted by Buttercup Chillin 

Guess you aren't raising for size.  Mine like feed.  Once in a blue moon millet, usually when it is storming.


does feeding them ...extras/ goodies .. keep them from growing as much or ?..
they need to have a little guy in the smilies selection up top here that is scratching his/her head in confusion...lol...i seem to need that alot since i'm new to quail.

In GOD we trust
mom to 3 grown "kids". married to DH for 36 yrs. 1 dog( 1 BostonTerrier/Beagle  rescue) 1 mutt rabbit( also a rescue) ,2 rescue senior citizen Budgies ,assorted  Coturnix , and 2 ducks...so far ...LOL....
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In GOD we trust
mom to 3 grown "kids". married to DH for 36 yrs. 1 dog( 1 BostonTerrier/Beagle  rescue) 1 mutt rabbit( also a rescue) ,2 rescue senior citizen Budgies ,assorted  Coturnix , and 2 ducks...so far ...LOL....
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