Wish mine could work out how to eat. If I don't chop it up they dont even look at itMy male quail purrs occasionally as well, but in general my quail do not do it often. I am not sure what the purring sound really means.
When I offered my male quail some watermelon once, he was both very afraid of it and wanted to eat it, so, purring, he took very cautious steps toward it. Finally he reached it, took a tiny piece, retreated quickly, and took a few moments to consider how best to eat it. Then he came back and began pecking at the watermelon normally.
Only my 2nd generation quail consider eating watermelon when I am holding it, and only if I am looking away from them and holding it through the wire of the enclosure rather than opening the door. All my quail are terrified of humans, but the 2nd generation are quicker to learn.Wish mine could work out how to eat. If I don't chop it up they dont even look at it