Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bdpost, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. bdpost

    bdpost Out Of The Brooder

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    Just hatched 14 of 22 Bobwhite for the first time, they are about 10 days old. When can they eat other things like grasses and other greens. I was thinking about it while I was cleaning some spinach. They have been on the granular stuff for game birds and doing well. Just wondering when I can introduce new things to them.
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  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    You can start with SMALL amounts of greens like spinach at this age, however growing Bobs need a ton of protein. So don't over do it so they don't get too full to eat gamebird food. Baby Bobs in the wild eat strictly bugs for the first 3 months of their lives. After your babies are about 8 weeks old, you can start adding more greens, veggies, quartered apples or peaches, peas in the pod or even meal worms. Never feed meal worms to Bobs until they are at least 6 weeks old. They will see each others toes and think they are meal worms and you will create little toe biters. You will never cure them of this habit and it can lead to missing toes.
     

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