Is it safe to feed quail rice, cooked or uncooked?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by haterr, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. haterr

    haterr Hatching

    Aug 23, 2009
    was just wondering if it was possible to feed quail rice either cooked or uncooked. would it be a good snack/supplement food?
    thinking uncooked would be harmful because it causes bloating in birds when mixed with water? just need some confirmation before i go giving them some strange food.
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I wouldn't give it to them unless it is cooked.
  3. Highland Moongazer

    Highland Moongazer Songster

    Jul 9, 2009
    Marshall, NC
    Good luck gettin' them to eat it. I tried to give mine some and they acted as if I put a live snake in there with them. Hours later, they were still in the corner shivering, casting fearful glances at the horrible rice-on-paper monster that had invaded their hutch. They didn't lay for 3 days after that, either. [​IMG]
  4. ken429h

    ken429h Out to Lunch

    Jul 14, 2009
    Lawrenceville, GA
    Quote:My quick answer is NO!!!
    The best thing you can feed quail is chicken/game bird/turkey feed!
    18-30% protein.
    If you are looking for a way to recycle cooked rice then PM Me for a simple rice pudding recipe.

  5. laputa

    laputa Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    Santa Clara, CA
    I use uncooked rice as a treat for my coturnix (feed from my hand), they like it and I don't see any problem from my quails. They don't poo them out either so I assume they digested them. I do feed them sands to help them digest.
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    A Nice Lil Treat If You Wish Is Regular Scratch Grains For Chickens--- But Only To Adult Or Nearly Full Sized Birds,( Babies Or Young Birds Can Choke On The Grains) And Only As A Lil Treat--- Not As A Feed. About 2x's A Week I Sprinkle A Lil Bit Over Their Regular Food Ration And They Absolutely Devour It--- Especially The Bobs, They Have A Serious Addiction To The Cracked Corn In It. But Best Of All Feed Them A Good Gamebird Feed Or Starter--- It Serves Them Best. As Far As Rice I Definately Wouldnt Give Them Uncooked Rice For Sure. But Then Again I Wouldnt Give Them Cooked Either...

    Coturnix Love Greens As Well--- Leafy Stuff Like Lettuce, Or Greens From Turnips, Kale, Spinach Etc...

    Bobs Love Corn On The Cob, Green Beans, Limas And The Same Leafy Stuff Coturnix Do.
  7. haterr

    haterr Hatching

    Aug 23, 2009
    Thanks for the reply's. i have been feeding my buttons a 22% game bird crumble and just wanted to know if i could give them rice as a treat. i tried it last night and they poked at it but did not eat any. Thanks again for all the helpful suggestions!
  8. Heyruthie

    Heyruthie Chirping

    Nov 1, 2015
    Virginia, USA
    I'm resurrecting this thread to ask if there are any people currently who have fed their quail uncooked rice in supplemental quantities--either in whole pieces, or possibly milled somewhat in a food processor.

    I was given a large bag of white rice that has been infested by pantry bugs (I think it has both flour beetles and "pantry moths.") In any case, there are enough invertebrates in there that I don't want to eat it, but I'm happy to feed it in small doses to the quail, who would get both the carbs from the rice, as well as the protein from the insects. In small doses, could this be OK if I add some to their regular game bid feed? Their normal feed is high protein.

    This is a lot of grain (and bugs!) to go to waste if I can't feed it to something :)
  9. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chirping

    Oct 3, 2013
    St. Clements, ON
    Rice doesn't have a lot of nutrients and is very low in protein. It's basically empty calories and I wouldn't feed it to birds unless they're in the cold and need the extra calories to keep warm. Even then with birds as small as quail, a little rice can quickly upset their diet, especially if they're already getting a lower protein diet.

    You're probably OK with the bugs, and the combination might be fine, but I don't know if the bugs could cause an issue. I doubt it, but I'm not an ornithologist. I also didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night, so you may not want to listen to me.

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