So my husband is "obsessed" with our quail. We have 6 giant Bobwhite quail that are about 5 weeks old. (we also have 32 eggs in the bator set to hatch on Saturday) He is constantly feeding them treats.. One of the quail (they named her Crystal) "calls" for him all day long, and the others join in at times too. They are spoiled rotten.. lol.. These quail may be the tamest quail out there as they just love to sit on someones shoulder and be walked around. They will fly out of their pin to see us. Pretty cute..
What I am curious to know is if he is going to make them sick with the treats he is feeding them.. I was ok with him feeding them little crickets and small insects you would find out in the garden anyway (which is where they will live once they are a few weeks older) but he also feeds them pieces of chicken, tuna, egg (which I had read egg was ok.. ) and recently he said that they absolutely LOVE cheese and will fight over it.. I am just a smidge worried that some of these "treats" are going to make us some sick quail. Anyone out there have any idea??
Also - if there are any other "good" treats for them to have let us know.. Hubby and the kids love to sit and feed them all afternoon.. which is probably why they are so exceptionally tame vs some of the other bob whites we have seen.. I myself do not hold them as much, but mostly because I know that once we have too many birds we will begin to utilize them for food and I just know I cannot do it if I am friendly with any of them.. We plan on raising them for their eggs as well as meat once in a while. I can handle eating their eggs if they are "pets" just not the meat.. so I just try to be a good owner by making sure they have fresh water, food, a clean pen and a box of sand to play in....and Ill let the hubby and kids tame them.. lol..