how much grit should button quail get?

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

  1. quailmother

    quailmother Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2012
    i give my 2 button quails a pinch of bird grit every day. it's the mineral-oyster shell grit i give my ringneck doves, except that i grind it up into smaller bits.
    my buttons each lay one egg every day.
    how much grit should they get?
  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    They use the grit to digest their food since they have no teeth to chew with so there isn't a set amount that they need. When there is enough in the gizzard to digest, they won't want to add any, but when the amount is running low, they'll need to add some. Generally, people leave it available to them at all times and let them just help themselves to what they need.
  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    First is it digestive grit or is it oyster shells? they are different things. Grit is only required if you are feeding non water soluble foods. If you are feeding only gamebird food they will not need any grit. If you are giving them greens and the like they will need some grit. They know how much they need so don't worry about them overdoing it.

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