Feeding your Quail

Quail are not greedy, they will only eat as much as they need so you don't worry about over-feeding.

Despite their size quail do eat a fair amount and the larger breeds such as Italians, Cortunix and Japanese (all from the family cortunix ) will be able to cope with layers pellets and mixed corn. However, you may want to mash the pellets into smaller pieces to make them easier to eat. In winter you can add a sprinkle of chick crumb to give them a protein boost.

Offering a little extra on the side
Naturally you will want to offer your guests a little variation. Whilst the main course should be kept constant to ensure that the hens are ingesting a balanced diet it is good to vary the meal with scraps from the kitchen. Things that quail eat include pasta, cake, rice, sweetcorn and lettuce. Basically, if they don't like it they won't eat it so you will quickly learn their dislikes and likes. It is not a good idea to give them anything salty like crisps and you must make sure never to give them any meat.

You should not feed cuttings from the garden.

Water must be kept clean you should check it regularly in winter to ensure it doesn't become frozen. You can add supplements such as Apple Cider Vinegar to help boost feather condition and help to aid in riding the birds of worms and other parasites.

Quail will quite readily learn to drink from rabbit drinkers, they are very curious and will soon learn to peck for water, whilst they are learning this it is advisable to add a small dish of water just in case. Make sure you check that the water is not frozen each morning during the winter months.

Where can I buy feed?
You can order feed from our online shop. Or to be environmentally friendly and to save the postage you can find chicken feed locally. We supply Organic Feed produced by the Organic Food company, you can contact them to find a local feed distributor on their website.

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Kaylee, 12 September 2017

Actually layer pellet can cause liber damage to malesits best to feed them adult game bird pellet and not chicken Even if it is female game layer woukd be better because quail need more protein than chickens

Noel, 29 November 2016

The injured wing is a ruse. Most likely the male views you as a threat to his nest, & is trying to lead you away... This is a natural instinct of birds of most species.

Cristina, 11 April 2016

Dee, You can take any wild animal to any vet as they are require by law to treat wild animals.

Idris, 9 April 2016

what should you do if your bird is eating and drinking well but is losing weight

Dee, 8 April 2016

A quail has made a nest in a small rosemary plant in my courtyard. The male appears to have an injured wing. Can I or should I not set out food for them? If so should it be something special since she is sitting on her nest. She just got done laying all of her eggs and began sitting on her nest 2 days ago. I see the male running around like a nut with that injured wing. It breaks my heart. How can I help? Thanks so much!

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