Sprouting seeds

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bettacreek, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Well, I'm trying to give the critters here a varied diet without spending more than I would just feeding their regular diet (maybe even save). Sprouted seeds are on my list of food items. While scanning for seeds to sprout, I thought about scratch grains. Scratch grain is less than half the price of bulk bird seed. But, would the sprouts be small enough for buttons and coturnix? I don't really want to spend extra time chopping seedlings up. Any other ideas for supplemental feedings would be much appreciated as well! I already plan to raise mealworms, flour beetles and fruit flies (flies more for the babies).
  2. Plain_View_Farm

    Plain_View_Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Scratch grain should be fine if you can get it to sprout. I know the scratch I give our outside birds has cracked corn in it. That wouldn't do anything
    but the rest should. Be careful giving mealworms that you don't give too many. Mealworms are high in fat and they can cause a fatty liver, especially
    in Button Quail.

  3. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    Thanks! The scratch I bought before has cracked corn as well. I'll have to figure out what to do with that part. I plan on using any of my cultures that I can for the birds, so mealworms won't be fed too often. Some of the other cultures would be silkworms, maybe waxworms, etc. I plan to use this site as a guide:
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    In most species, fat doesn't make the liver fat, carbohydrates do. (Well, technically carbohydrates combined with fat, but it isn't the fat that is the trigger, it is the carbs). Are quail different somehow?

    Example: The fatty livers for foie gra is created by a high CORN diet force fed to geese or ducks
  5. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

    Sep 10, 2010
    seeing my friend 2crows reminded me of these pictures I had, she mentioned sprouting seeds to me once upon a time.




  6. jbobs

    jbobs Chillin' With My Peeps

    I was looking at "cat grass" growing in planters at the pet store the other day and thought my quail would love that! I looked intoit and all it appears to be is oat grass. If I'm right you should be able to get whole oats at the feed store by the 50 lb bag for cheap. I wouldn't mind giving this a try!

    I was using meal worms as food rewards for Brita's training and found they give her diarrhea, so i went back to her regular food and just a few worms as a treat.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Good looking sprouts you have there TD! I have some alfalfa seeds going right now. I need to get the mixed bird seeds going next. The quail love millet and milo sprouts!
  8. bryleighs_gmal

    bryleighs_gmal Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 28, 2010
    sprouts[​IMG] look nice :) i do alfa alot for the quail just recently added many more...nice to see i know where to get pointer's

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