Can Quail Eat Garlic?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SkyFree, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. SkyFree

    SkyFree New Egg

    May 22, 2016
    I ordered a clutch of 25 Jumbo Wisconsin Bobwhite Quail eggs, which have been sitting under three mini bantam hens for almost two weeks (I already researched the risks associated with trying to hatch quail under chickens and we've still decided to go ahead with it. So far they're doing fine--the other night when candling I even got to see one of the quail moving around inside the egg!). My question is this, when the little peeps finally hatch, can they have fresh garlic? Last year when we bought our chicken peeps one of them got pneumonia. With some research I found out chopped/crushed raw garlic in their water can cure the sick chick and help keep the others healthy. Even though the chick still died, we continued giving our other peeps the garlic water until adulthood, and even now occasionally give them the treat (they really seem to like it!)
    So I was just wondering if the quail can have garlic too, just as an extra booster for the little guys. I can't seem to find any info about it, every time I search for garlic and quail google gives me recipes :p thanks in advance!
  2. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 12, 2016
    I do not intend to sound rude or disrespectful. It sounds like you researched the risks of raising quails with chickens and now you are asking if fresh garlic can be used as a medicine to cure quail sickness/disease? You are on a path of success.
  3. rachier8ch

    rachier8ch New Egg

    Mar 27, 2017
    Sky, correct in that it is generally recommended against mixing quail and chickens because of the diseases that chickens carry, even if not manifested, and that can then be fatally passed to the quail. That being said, in all of my reading in BYC, those who do want to hatch quail naturally have reported successful hatching under bantams. I don't know of their health successes after hatching, however, especially as people generally don't like to report failure when they go against the overwhelming recommendation.

    That being said, while I haven't heard of anyone using garlic as a bird supplement, a lot of people do put raw apple cider vinegar in their birds water. Some do it 24/7, others for only one week per month. You can search entire threads and make your decision if you go that route. The ACV helps keep a healthy crop and digestive system, which is the base point of all health. Be sure to get the raw ACV and with "the mother." You can generally find it it a health food store, or even some chain markets.

    Different people recommend different strengths. It seems that 1TB per gallon is the main consensus. I read a very good research article linked to in one of the threads about using the amount of ACV needed to get the pH of the ACV water to 4.0. Since water pH varies so widely, a 4.0 goal is what made the most sense to me.

    Please do let us know how it goes. I'm not game to try the risk of mixing my quail with chickens, but I wish you the best.
  4. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Yeah but their breath stinks afterwards.
  5. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 3, 2014
    Garlic would be very good for them! I'd love to hear how your hatch goes....I hatched 4 quail chicks last year with a broody Silkie. She raise them to adulthood and everything!
  6. rita2paul

    rita2paul Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2011
    many years ago when i first started keeping chickens, i put some quail eggs under my silkie she hatched them with no problem, but i did take them away once hatched as the other chickens were a little bit to interested in them, they lived many years in there own pen. i didn't have an incubator in those days and it seemed the only option at the time. but as stated by many people the chickens can carry disease which can be passed on, but at the time when i did it, we did not have internet, which gives you so much knowledge. but good luck with the hatching, but i wouldn't keep them together.

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