How do you feed...???

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sniper338, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. sniper338

    sniper338 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 15, 2013
    San Antonio, Texas
    Your oyster shell to your quail so the have enough and can eat it when they need it???

    Ive tried all I can think of that I can put together here around the house... they end up finding some way to scratch it out everywhere and waste it each time with what ive tried.... I got a few very soft eggs now and want to keep it available.... adding it to their food dish doesnt seem like they get enough... any ideas to keep them from scratching it out with their beak or feet??

    Post pics if you can!
  2. owlett5

    owlett5 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 15, 2007
    Turner, Maine
    If their cage has wire big enough to poke their heads out you can hang a little bird cup outside the cage, it'll keep their feet out. I use cuttlebone in my quail pen, but I don't have many quail. They do eat it rather quickly.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Raise the dish if possible so that they have to crane their necks just a little bit to get at it. I keep mine probably 3-4" high. It stops most of the food waste. If they have to reach for it they wont do that beak toss scatter they love so much.
  5. pawtraitart

    pawtraitart Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2007
    You could put the oyster shell in a feeder that has an optional metal bracket you mount to the side of the cage to keep it at beak height so they won't scratch the contents out. The angle of the feeder port makes it difficult for them to fling the food out. It comes in different feeder port sizes. I'd use the Small or Medium for oyster shell. The photo shows the Large port (the white plastic). IM me if you want to try one. It's a new product for us that we are currently testing.


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