How do I know if my quail are too fat?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by FowlFriend, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. FowlFriend

    FowlFriend Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2010
    Central Coast, CA
    I have 2 pet Coturnix quail we hatched as a science project. They eat unmedicated quail chow, mealworms, bugs and crushed egg shells. Recently I've had 2 people remark that they look fat! Hrmph. They have a large enclosure and don't seem to have any trouble running around at all. I do keep food in their cage at all times and refill several times a day (they also flick it everywhere!)

    I'm not going to eat them or sell them, they're ours till they die. However I don't want them to be unhealthy! How in the world will I know if they're too fat? Do they self-regulate on food or eat even when they're not hungry, like humans? [​IMG]
  2. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    They are so active, I wouldn't worry about it! [​IMG]

    They will self regulate, just like other birds. Good luck with your morbidly obese (not) quail!
  3. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I had a male bw get loose the other day he made it to the privacy fence paused for a moment on the post looked back at the female and then could not get his butt through the pickets on the fence [​IMG] he is big but does not look too fat to me
  4. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    Also, winters coming on. Animals will naturally pack in a little extra for the winter months.
    Right now my Cat and Dogs, Chickens, Ducks and eating just a little more than normal. So I imagine the Coturnix are also eating just a bit more.

    Perfectly normal. Helps keep them warm.
  5. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    I personally don't think Mother Nature will go so far as to let our pet quail get too fat........... I hope I don't encounter having to give my birds Lipitor some day..... [​IMG]

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