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Can I Feed Quail Breeders Crushed Chicken Egg Shells?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by BadgerQuail, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. BadgerQuail

    BadgerQuail Hatching

    Nov 29, 2008
    Hi -

    New member here. I've been browsing the forums the past few weeks trying to increase my knowledge on raising quail. I have found a wealth of information on this forum, and I like the friendliness of the members and that there seems to be a well knit community.

    I began my journey in raising quail this past July when I received 50 3-week old quail from a fellow breeder. At first, I thought I would raise them until they were full grown and then add them to my family's food supply. That didn't come to pass. My direction has changed and this coming spring, I am planning on incubating the eggs from the hens. I would like to be able to supply a steady stream of both eggs and meat for my family.

    I have read a plethora of information on incubating, in addition to the dietary needs of soon-to-be breeding quail. However, in all my searching, I was unable to find out if I can do what the title of this post says.

    Does anyone know if you can feed quail breeders crushed chicken egg shells? I have read that quail need additional calcium supplements prior to and during their breeding stage. I know that crushed oyster shells are the preferred choice, but I thought I might be able to use all the eggs shells that I usually put into our compost.

    Any information that anyone can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help.
  2. chickiepoo2

    chickiepoo2 In the Brooder

    Nov 11, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    I always thought you could....but I'm a newbie too! I thought you needed to bake the egg shells, crush and then give them to the birds.
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    i give my quails boiled egg with the shell once a week and they love it [​IMG]

    once the egg is boiled just chop it up with the shell
  4. linebacker

    linebacker Songster

    Nov 6, 2007
    North West Tennessee
    Welcome to BYC Badgerquail!!!

    I've never feed mine egg shells. Maybe someone who has, will give you insight on their results. Birdboy's system should work.

  5. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008
    I put my egg shells on a cookine sheet and put in oven on 175 for 10 or so minutes. Cruch them up and sprinkle in run.
  6. BadgerQuail

    BadgerQuail Hatching

    Nov 29, 2008
    Thanks for the replies!

    I usually put egg shells out in the compost, but I may be able to get better use out of them with the quail.

    If I may, I have another general feeding question. I am currently giving my quail a meat-maker crumble. From what I have read, they should be switched to a breeder mix a few weeks prior to the egg laying season.

    Is it okay to continue giving them the meat-maker crumble until laying season, or should I switch to another type of feed? (I am currently using the Sprout line Meat Maker feed from Fleet Farm).

    Thanks again...
  7. CrimsonRose

    CrimsonRose Songster

    Nov 7, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Yeah My Quail LOVE egg shells (well the hens do anyway) the boys won't touch it... LOL

    As for the feed I've never fed mine meat feed so I'm unsure... I just make sure they get a little more protein and calcium than chickens would... My feed store only carries chicken feed so I just leave mine on the chick starter feed then add other sources of protein and calcium and they are quite plump and very healthy... For Protein I give them a little cooked egg or crush up a little cat food about once a week and mix it in with their crumbles...
  8. gcrabber

    gcrabber Hatching

    Feb 17, 2013
    hey, im new here , yes i save my quail shells, let them dry real good and put them in chopper till they are almost powdery and put it in there food for extra calcium
  9. James MacKay

    James MacKay Hatching

    Oct 30, 2011
    Would it not be an Idea to put the shells through a heat process just to sterilize them, the calcium wont be affected and you wont run the risk of passing on any pathogens.
  10. I microwave my button quails eggs and feed them back to them. I know, i know, but the quails love it :) Just make sure not to leave the egg sitting in the cage too long as it gets bad quickly!

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