Button Quail

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Stoykov, Nov 2, 2014.

  1. Stoykov

    Stoykov Hatching

    Nov 2, 2014
    North Carolina
    Normally I breed and raise Budgerigars and Finches, but up until recently a friend of mine was given eight Button Quail eggs, which have now hatched. Her first reaction was to call and ask me if I would take the chicks, being a lover of birds; I couldn't say no.
    I'll be getting them in a few days. I have standard 4' x 2' x 2.5' cage, which is set appropriate for their needs. After several hours of research and setup, I have concluded on one issue that I hope to be answered on this lovely website.

    As newly born chicks, the only thing I am unsure of is what to feed them. I am not knowledgeable of any nearby feed stores, but there is a neighboring Petsmart that I obtain most of my supplies from. I'm wondering if there's any possible home-made recipes and/or alternative feeds available for Button Quail chicks. I have plenty of Budgerigar and Finch seeds, along with live mealworms and oyster shell grit, From my understanding the Button Quail clearly not old enough to be introduced to such food types.

    Please help, is there any Home-made/Alternative foods for Button Quail Chicks besides commercial feeds? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2014
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I don't know much about quail, so I can't tell you what to feed them. I would recommend posting your question in the Quail section of the forums: Quail

    Good luck!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I agree. I'm wondering why she took the eggs if she didn't want the chicks.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about quail (never had any), but definitely post on our quail link that BantamLover21 provided for you and take advantage of our quail experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your quail.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  6. blkjak

    blkjak Songster

    Apr 18, 2014
    Manitoba Canada
    We feed our button quail a mixture of chick starter, layer feed and cat food. We grind it in a coffee grinder. We bought ours as young adults though. Hope this helps.
  7. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might want to post on the Quail forum about the chicks https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/48/quail You can get small bags (5#) of Game Bird or Chick Starter on places like Amazon or e-bay.
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Sorry, I don't know anything about quail. Definitely post in the quail section.
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Tractor Supply carries small bags of Gamebird food. You can't feed them seeds and other parrot foods just yet. They need something with high protein in it to grow up big and strong.

    Definitely stop by our quail section for more help with your birds.
  10. Guineagang

    Guineagang In the Brooder

    May 11, 2014
    If you dont have any access to game bird, turkey, chick feed etc. You can mix and grind some ordinary chicken food with some extra grains and some dog or cat food. This is ONLY in emergencies as it is much better to buy turkey, game bird feed etc. Hope this helps! It worked very well for me!

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