scratch as quail food

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chickbird, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    can adult quails be fed scratch along with their regular food?
     
  2. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It kinda depends on the species, and is usually considered a "TREAT", because it is protein deficient, and way high in fat. Coturnix don't even like it, unless they are starved to death.
     
  3. TedJan92_in_Idaho

    TedJan92_in_Idaho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try a mixture of wild bird food. I have a covey of about 50 California quail that clean up under my bird feeders daily
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    I make a mix of scratch, cracked corn, wild finch food, sunflower chip hearts, parakeet or cockatiel molting and conditioning food and cockatiel fruit and nut mix all together to make a wonderful treat for them. They get a handful everyday along with their crumbles. Gives them a variety to their diet. Make sure to offer grit if you offer seeds.
     
  5. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Quote:X2! Finch seeds mixed with GBS crumbles is a good combo. There is no corn in the finch seeds.

    Like Joe said, they really won't touch the big chunks. Scratch is made for chicken to scratch the ground and stir the ground. You are not supposed to feed more that 10% of their diet (it's on the feed tag). Birds can stop laying due to too much fat deposits.
     

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