Once I was able to establish an environment I wanted for the quail, their diet became a natural thing. I’ll admit I raise quail different than most; the goal for me is to provide living conditions that benefit the birds instincts while keeping them safe at the same time.
Feeding Quail Chicks
Protein levels require 30% or higher and you’ll have to grind crumbles in the blender so it looks like small crumbs. You only need to grind feed during week one with a crumble and continue with a dry cat food indefinitely.
You can also feed mashed hard boiled chicken eggs. Peel the shell off and mash egg into small pieces, keep in mind the pieces need to be micro and small amounts as eggs spoil quickly.
After they’re two or three days old introduce fruit. Favorites are apples, oranges, berries pears, and peaches. Make sure you cut them into extra small pieces introducing in small amounts.
At week one you can supplement their diet with meal worms; they will love this so place enough for everyone.
Half Grown Quail
At 3 to 4 weeks old my flock went outdoors in their coop. They we’re a little slow to the concept of a protected free range atmosphere; I continued with the starter Game Feed. At about week 5 -6 weeks they decided grain and bugs are wonderful and feed became an option.
Full Grown Quail
Free range diet is their first choice and feed has become a supplement. Their coop is moved every 3 -4 days for fresh grass and their lifestyle is about as natural as it gets for raising quail in captivity. When the mobile coop is moved to fresh grass this welcomes a new crop of bugs to devour.
Quail Food Treat Options
Summing Feed Up
Finding a GMO free feed will take research and a good place to start the search is at a local feed store. They may not carry one but they could have a lead.