Food scraps for quail--what to avoid?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by lauramacf, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. lauramacf

    lauramacf Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey y'all, are there any fruit and veggie scraps that I should avoid giving my quail? They don't seem to care for potato and carrot scraps, but of course they like apples and even nibbled at a little cooked broccoli. Of course, they like lettuce. I've just been trying bits and pieces of things here and there, but am wondering about bananas and tomatoes, etc., and whether there is anything that would be bad for them.

    Any advice will be appreciated!
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I dunno about tomatoes, they are pretty acidic. I dont think it would kill them but it may make them miserable?

    If you boil the carrots I bet they'd like those too!

    I'd say just stay away from fruits and veggies that other animals shouldnt eat as well....it's something like avicado or something like that that's poisoinous to animals....(i forget which one it is).

    If it was me, id' stay away from obvious poisonous plants, and acidic plants but in moderation im sure accidic plants are fine. [​IMG]
     
  3. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nearly all fruit and veggies we eat are just fine for the birds, but avoid avocado and onions.

    Try different varieties to see what they like or dislike. It is important this time of year to provide lots of green food for them as the grass and trees in their aviaries are now dormant.

    Dan
     
  4. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    Quote:Nearly all fruit and veggies we eat are just fine for the birds, but avoid avocado and onions.

    Try different varieties to see what they like or dislike. It is important this time of year to provide lots of green food for them as the grass and trees in their aviaries are now dormant.

    Dan

    Yup, avoid onions, bulb garlic, and leeks - all three will kill the quail. Mine like mashed bananas. They also eat tomatoes but they play with them more than they eat them. They like the seeds but not the skin.
    -Spooky
     
  5. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Mine go crazy for tomatoes. They don't care much for peppers though. They love strawberries, blackberries and mulberries.
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:I can't wait until spring/summer when I have excess fruits and veggies I dont want that are in season to feed to all my birds. Esp when the wild black berries start getting ripe [​IMG]
     

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