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Man can baby quail chicks eat!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by crimsonmama, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. crimsonmama

    crimsonmama Out Of The Brooder

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    I've nine of the little fluffers and boy are they going through the chick crumb! They are just over a week old now and getting their proper wing feathers through. I clean them out everyday! They eat nearly non-stop! I take it they can't overeat? It's just I am sure they wouldn't find as much food as they are eating naturally in the wild??!!

    And they drink alot of water too! I have two water bottles I have to top up twice daily. Not cos of empty but cos somehow they get mess everywhere!!

    They are funny cute little things!
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    Last edited: Jan 22, 2017
  2. Palletto26

    Palletto26 Just Hatched

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    They are growing rapidly, so they will eat a lot of food, I hope you enjoy them, I've got some new arrivals myself, 4 Five day old Americauna chicks, they too have been eating lots.
     
  3. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Grats to you both and lovely pics :D! Sooo cute :3

    Hehe yes let them eat freely and I did notice that quail, even adults, seem to drink very often :p
     
  4. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Awww, so cute! In the wild they'd be eating bugs which can be extremely high in protein (I know crickets are 60%+ protein) rather than the grain based food we have available to feed them, so they probably would be eating less volume wise, but their parents would be working hard, that's for sure!

    Elevating the water helps with the mess. Either a block of wood or something to get it out of the firing line, although they will still manage to get some grot in it. I usually pile up straw around a big block of wood so they can climb the straw. They are messy but so endearing, and so great for kids. Our kids adore their quail.
     
  5. MatrixJak

    MatrixJak New Egg

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    What breed are these? I am guessing Coturnix?
     
  6. crimsonmama

    crimsonmama Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes mine are Coturnix quail :)
     
  7. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as for the mess in the water, try nipple water system next time, it is clean and you only need to clean the container weekly.
     
  8. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In warmer weather I usually have them outside and place a lamp in the brooder to attract the night insects. Free food and they love it, going crazy trying to catch the night bugs.

    When cool or warm, I also buy a can of sardeins in water and mush it up and put that in a small bowl and let them feed for extra proteins. they will eat at it, and what they dont eat I leave out to attract flies which lay those eggs then the maggots come, they love these as well.

    It sound gross to us, but birds eat these things in the wild every day as part of their diets.
     
  9. crimsonmama

    crimsonmama Out Of The Brooder

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    I got a poultry waterer for my older chicks now as they drink alot with nine of them! I did see nipple water things but wasn't sure if they would know how to use them? Do adults use them too?? Even with the poultry waterer they still get mess in the trough!
     
  10. Dani xxx

    Dani xxx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They make less mess if u raise it on a brick or something less bedding kicked in ! X:)
     

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