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What Other Foods Can I Feed The Little 2 Week Old Coturnix's Besides Their Normal Feed?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Coturnix Quail, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Coturnix Quail

    Coturnix Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just want to have a little fun and make them happy! Weather its seed, or human foods even. Suggest some foods that they can eat, weather its protein, or just to spoil them! And tell me also if I should feed it often or just once in a while. Dont want them getting too fat! [​IMG] Also if I would have to mush it or anything. Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  2. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wait till three weeks to start giving treats but here are some things mine like.

    Tomatoes
    Boiled egg
    Shredded carrot
    Cucumber
    Watermelon
    Peas
    Cut grass or pulled weeds (no pesticides)
    Broccoli

    I also give mealworms but definitely wait til three weeks so you don't encourage toe picking. And don't forget they need grit if you give treats.
     
  3. Coturnix Quail

    Coturnix Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks!!
     
  4. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kitchen scraps - apples, lettuce, melon, etc, different grains - chia, flax (if you want eggs to be rich in omega-3), quinoa, millet, etc. Seed heads from garden plants, mealworms (I grind them for babies until 2 weeks old - they love them).
     
  5. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great suggestions but be careful not to feed apple cores with seeds. Apple seeds are poisonous to birds.

    Also, not sure if this is true but I have read from several people here on BYC that too much flax can cause the eggs to have a fishy taste. Again. not sure if that is true but something to keep in mind.
     
  6. Coturnix Quail

    Coturnix Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Alrighty, thanks! Can i start feeding them thise things now?
     
  7. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As treats/supplements yes ( I usually start when I move them outside at 3 weeks old). Their main food should still be high protein feed from the feed store.
     
  8. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with all points.
     
  9. Coturnix Quail

    Coturnix Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks!! Just very eager to see how they react [​IMG]
     
  10. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Corn, clover, dry bits from their hay bedding, watermelon, finch seed mix, puffed millet seed, chicken scratch, etc.

    You should give them grit if they're getting anything other than their crumble :) it helps them digest it, can use oyster shell grit, I think also crushed baked eggshell?
     

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