Giving the quail "treats" - Page 6
I have Japanese Quail, I feed them melon, raspberries, peppermint, mango, ginger that I blend with garlic, bananas, grass, and millet, yogurt, the odd boiled egg(but they are messy)...they go crazy for it. I also supply them with grit, crushed Zebra mussel shell (they are on the beach out front...so why not.) grain, and game bird layer. Never a sick bird...never a death (outside of the bator or brooder that is), and they bounce and hop around and are very happy indeed. I put raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar in their water supply also. It's expensive, so I make my own.
If you go to your local grocery store, there is normally a section with discounted fruits, might have blemishes, or over ripe, doesn't matter...this is very inexpensive and the birds love the over ripe stuff. You just get weird looks like...look at this poor homeless man picking from the compost discount bin...lol, but whatever, I just laugh.
I've never tried cheese, but I will catch bluegill in the local pond, pressure cook them and occasionally give them that. It increases the omega 3's and calcium for egg production.
You do have to slowly increase fruits, as it will go through them if you don't. But so long as you balance it out with grain, feed, shell, and grit, it's all good, and no blocked eggs...not yet at least.