Paneubert's Quail Aviary Adventure

Discussion in 'Quail' started by paneubert, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great news! Last night after I got home from work I saw that the quail had eaten ALL their fermented food and seemed to still be hungry. Now I need to experiment to see how much they eat each day so I can allow them free choice/as much as they want, but not have a lot left over that goes to waste since I don't trust leaving fermented food out for days and days. I had given them three little ceramic bowls of food and then sprinkled some crumbles around. The bowls hold a half cup each.


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    This is basically what I came home to....

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    I replaced the three empty bowls with three new ones so they could have an evening snack. This morning they were about 90% empty again. So this morning I still gave them three bowls, but I filled them up fuller than yesterday. They all jumped right on it. I think they are already starting to associate me with food.

    What are peoples thoughts about "chick" feeders? Do the quail get their heads in there ok? I have a few of these and I am sure I could use them for fermented feed as long as the quail would be able to get their beaks down to the bottom of the feeder.
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  2. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have reached a new level of obsession. I put a webcam on the aviary. Hahaha. Just temporary on the outside looking in thru the wire. When I get a little more time I am going t find a way to get it mounted inside and high in the aviary so I can get a better view. I predator proofed it well enough that I cant get the camera or the power cord in to the aviary without doing some deconstruction......secure coop is a double edged sword when you want to get something to run from the outside to the inside.
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  3. coturnix condos

    coturnix condos Out Of The Brooder

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    that's great. I was super paranoid the first week I had my girls out in the aviary too. Here is a shot of them now[​IMG] and the" qunnel" the quail tunnel that goes from the coup to the aviary[​IMG] They have become like pets to me so tomorrow's culling day will be hard :(
     
  4. coturnix condos

    coturnix condos Out Of The Brooder

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    Also what part of Washington are you in?
     
  5. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am jealous of your plants. I have a long term plan to see if I can plant some grasses like you have. I "think" grasses will survive with the amount of light that gets under the deck.

    I am in Brier, WA.
     
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    coturnix condos Out Of The Brooder

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    The decorative grasses are the only thing i can get to survive in the aviary. I'm always digging up large weeds and planting them in the aviary they only last a couple weeks but the girls love them.
     
  7. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I switched to the purple flip top feeder last night since the quail keep draining their little ceramic bowls. I have a ton of the little bowls, but I don't want to be hauling 10 bowls out each time. These guys eat a lot......I am still nowhere near figuring out how much to feed them each time. After work last night I gave them a fairly full purple flip top, and this morning it was empty. So I refilled.

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    Since it is the weekend, I can go check to see just how fast they are finishing it off. I think today will also the the start of "treats". I have a bunch of veggies left over from a party veggie/dip tray. Little tomatoes, little broccoli, baby carrots...
     
  8. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They just keep eating and eating and eating! I just gave them their third feeder of food today (shortly before dusk). I bet it will be empty in the morning. If so, I am going to fill one to the brim in the morning and then check hourly to see how soon it is finished. I am starting to question the claims that fermented feed means less overall consumption. Either that or these guys have been starving.
     
  9. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol :p I think it takes a little time for them to adjust and realise that their energy requirements are met with less feed, when it's fermented. But they also did starve for a day or so, when you just got them, didn't they? So they might have some catching up to do.
     
  10. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Accomplishment for today was getting the webcam mounted in a more permanent place, and trying out some treats. The quail seem to have no interest in any treats so far. Hahaha. I tried celery, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, whole strawberries, and little broccoli heads. They looked at them like I was crazy. Then later in the afternoon I tried some stale tortilla chips, and some popcorn. They sort of pecked a little at the popcorn. What they DID love was the grass clippings that I tossed in there. They burrowed right in. You can see their grass pile in the webcam shot below (and also see the new angle of the webcam).

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