what else do you give your quail to eat besides bird feed?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Franzen Farms, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. Franzen Farms

    Franzen Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Wilmington, IL
    we had a bunch of left over tomatoes from the garden so I cut them in half and threw them in the pen, it was like giving candy to the kids they loved them. I was wondering what else have you guys found they might they go crazy over? the wife suggested that I maybe throw any old bananas in there next time we have some.
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  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Oh, they will eat anything...fruits, veggies. Apples are great for them, oranges, bananas...mealworms
  3. LostinQuailLand

    LostinQuailLand Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Ive given my "older" (6 months old) apples, tomatoe, and crickets. If you want to see a show go to the pet store and purchase pinhead crickets and watch the antics.
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My coturnix get just about anything, but they love a couple handfuls of clover! The buttons mainly get their feed and some parakeet seed once in a while, but I give them meal worms on occasion.
  5. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I use a cheese grater and grate up apples, zucchini, etc. I toss in soft fruits and veggies all quartered and they love it all. The shredded stuff they will chase each other around for the bits.
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  6. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    i grew chicory and some other "bitter" greens that we didn't eat much of so i just pull them up, knock off most of the soil and toss it into their cages. They approve ! i think they like the soil more than the green parts though. hehehe
    also any "orange" veggies like carrot and winter type squashes...i chop them up, stick them in the microwave till they're softened then give them to the silly spoiled birds.
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  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Wanna See Something Funny?--- Give Bobs Corn On The Cob.... That Stuff Is Like Crack To Them--- 1 Bite And Their Hooked, And They Will Do Anything To Get It! [​IMG]
  8. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:So will coturnix and button quail! Normally, though, I'll slice the corn off for me then give them the cob. They get whatever I missed.

    Sometimes I break a fresh ear up into a bunch of pieces for them (no way the buttons need a big chunk!). They go nuts over it.
  9. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    Parakeet Food, Grass, veggies, boiled and scrambled quail eggs, just 'bout anything.
  10. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    I have a coffee grinder I use to grind stuff up for mine. Tonight they had premium dry cat food, dried split green peas, kamut grains, spelt, rye, wheat kernals, corn and probably more stuff I'm forgetting, all ground up in the coffee grinder. Then they had some oat grass I sprouted for them and some sunflower seed sprouts.

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