Supplementing diet with boiled egg

Discussion in 'Quail' started by walkingbird, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. walkingbird

    walkingbird Out Of The Brooder

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    HI! I am still pretty new to quail raising - this is my first year with them. I have this one coturnix who I noticed had lost a little weight. She has been laying eggs even though I have reduced her light a bit, so I thought it might be from that. I got her some new crumbles with more protein, and some sunflower seeds for a little fat, and I wanted to try giving her mashed up hard-boiled eggs, as I have read from some of the posts here. So what does she do? She dust-bathes in them! Absolutely uninterested in eating them. I tried poking my finger in them to get her interested, which worked for dead mealworms and the new waterer, but nothing. Does anyone here have any idea on getting her to try eggs? Otherwise I think I will give it up - after all, that's a lot of effort to mash them up just for her to roll in them...
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  2. TwoCrows

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

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    If she sees the others eating them, maybe she will catch on. She may just not care for eggs. :)
     
  3. walkingbird

    walkingbird Out Of The Brooder

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    She taught the others to roll in them...
    I'm thinking she doesn't like eggs.
     
  4. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Throw live mealworms in there. She will like them that way.
     
  5. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take her favourite food and throw it around the eggs

    Or open her mouth and put some in

    Or poke her beak into it
     
  6. sphanges

    sphanges Out Of The Brooder

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    That is hilarious :) I hope you find a way to persuade her to eat them. How about mixing it with something else she finds tasty? She might get a mouthful by accident and realise egg is yummy.

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  7. SiTran

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    Maybe she's a vegan!
     

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