Plants for aviaries.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by eggsrcool, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Hello,

    I was wondering what sort of plants are suitable for quail. I was thinking spearmint, but they don't seem to particularly enjoy it.

    What I was looking for was a plant which will provide some shelter from the sun and rain, and the quail may like to have the occasional nibble at, so obviously it must be safe and non-toxic to the quail. Even better, if it attracts bugs and insects that will just be great, but it's not necessary.

    Thanks for any ideas.

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  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Kale? Very nice, tough plant. I'm not sure if quail would like it but my chickens do. [​IMG]
     
  3. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Thanks for the reply [​IMG]

    I'll have a look at the garden centre to see if they have any, and see if it might be a plant for the quail to enjoy.
     
  4. Let the weeds and grasses grow tall, thats what quail like.
     
  5. holachicka

    holachicka Songster

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    Try swiss chard? It's a spinach relative, and grows VERY easily from seed. Plus, you can cut it down and it will grow back for up to 1-2 years. might come in handy if the quail really enjoy it! It comes in a packet of rainbow colors, or just regular... and is very pretty.
     
  6. 95yj

    95yj Songster

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    Quote:agreed, they love tall grass, they make little tunnels in it and hide in it.
     
  7. GBov

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    Buddleia! Its tough, big and smells good. I also have guava in with mine but it might be a bit delicate for you [​IMG] Cant see why roses wont work, other than as a hazard for you. Oh, and juniper would work, either tall or short. Or some nice big rosemary and sage and lavender plants.

    The only reason I can think of that things like kale wont work is if they like it lots. Two bolted heads of lettuce last my quail about 15 min, at MOST! And I only have 11. They even eat the handfuls of grass I pull up for them.
     

  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Quote:We have heaps of buddleia growing round the place, and the chickens love the stuff, so I would have thought the quail would too [​IMG]

    Thanks everyone for your replies [​IMG]
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I would plant some small bushes or shrubs for shade/shelter, and have grass and clover for the ground. I pull clover for mine everyday and they love it [​IMG]
     

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