Bob white Quail not eating HELP

crash0330

Songster
9 Years
Mar 11, 2010
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Mecca, CA
My Coop
My Coop
As the tittle says I have a problem, my bobwhites refuse to eat any kind of feed, I was wondering why could that be?
I had some plants on their coop and they pick on those and are constantly scratching the ground in search of food, but their feed they rarely touch it.
Help anyone.
I just got this bobwhites, there 15 btw 4 males and 11 females, about a month ago thanks.
 

UmbraVulpis

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 1, 2009
65
0
29
Naples
What have you tried feeding them?

I feed mine primarily game bird crumbles and sometimes cracked corn and millet, never had a bird shun its food.
 

crash0330

Songster
9 Years
Mar 11, 2010
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18
163
Mecca, CA
My Coop
My Coop
I've tried a lot, scratch, turkey feed and chick starter, and also a combination of seeds and milo.
this is my first time raising quail so I dont know if Im actually exagerating, how much food should a group of 15 quails eat?
how can I tell if theyre not getting enough, I cant watch them all day, but if I fill up their food plate in the morning when i come back from work it seems like its all there and they haven ate at all
 

UmbraVulpis

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 1, 2009
65
0
29
Naples
Are they chicks or adults? How big is the food dish? If you've had them for a month they've been eating something.
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From what I've seen, 15 adult bobs would probably eat less than 3 cups of game bird crumbles every day, less if they are finding other things to eat. If you have a huge food dish you probably just aren't missing the amount they are eating.
 
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JJMR794

Crowing
10 Years
Mar 2, 2009
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BROOKSVILLE FL
Quote:
IF YOU'VE HAD THEM A MONTH AND HAVENT HAD ANY DIE OF STARVATION THEY ARE GETTING SUSTENANCE SOMEWHERE... FEED GAMEBIRD CRUMBLES, NOT ANY OTHER STUFF--- IF YOU WANT TO ENTICE THEM MIX A LIL SCRATCH OR CRACKED CORN IN WITH THE CRUMBLE. FOOD DOES NOT NEED TO BE GROUND FOR BOB WHITES OF ANY AGE. SEED/ SCRATCH/ MILO/ CHICKEN FEED OF ANY TYPE DOES NOT CONTAIN ENOUGH PROTIEN FOR QUAIL NOR DOES IT CONTAIN PROPER NUTRITION.
 

crash0330

Songster
9 Years
Mar 11, 2010
1,212
18
163
Mecca, CA
My Coop
My Coop
The plate is about 10" wide, I checked 2 of the last night and they had some food on their little sack, I was just worried they wherent getting enough. Anyone of you know bout entritis? Or quail disease?
 

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