Discussion in 'Quail' started by JoeQ, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. JoeQ

    JoeQ Chirping

    Mar 25, 2018
    Hatboro Pa
    Can anyone supply a nice list of fruits or veggies or even bug they feed their quail as treats? only thing I've found so far that they like is cucumbers when split in half!
  2. jennifleur

    jennifleur Songster

    Jan 14, 2015
    Pillbugs, June bug grubs, worms, moths, grasshoppers, crickets, maggots, catipillars, earwigs, spiders and mealworms.
    Zucchini, squash, seeds from bell pepper cores, lettuce, kale, chard, grass, dandelions, grass (chopped up so doesn’t tangle in crop souring and not sprayed), tomatoes, grapes, peaches, watermelon, apple (no seeds, arsenic) cucumber, mashed hard boiled eggs
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  3. JoeQ

    JoeQ Chirping

    Mar 25, 2018
    Hatboro Pa
    well that about sums it up!! thank you!!
  4. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

    Oct 30, 2017
    Central Texas
    Quail, even domesticated ones, are avid hunters of bugs. Lubber grasshoppers (huge bright-colored ones) should be avoided because they're poisonous, though. Very brightly colored caterpillars may be poisonous, and ones with bristles could badly irritate a quail's throat. Really, assume unless you know otherwise that any especially bright invertebrates are poisonous.
    Avoid ants, they bite and contain acid. Termites are generally fine but you may not want to get them near your coop.
    Large spiders, scorpions, and centipedes are all bitey and venomous. Millipedes aren't venomous but are often poisonous or contain vile tastes.
    Snails and slugs are definitely good options.
    Basically, invertebrates that don't bite hard or contain poison are a good bet.
  5. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    Mine love alfalfa sprouts - they go crazy for them! And sunflower sprouts are another favourite that I found out by accident. I'd sprouted some cockatiel seed and offered it to the aviary birds when we had Coturnix quail in the bottom of the aviary. The other birds didn't get a look in!
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