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Date Posted: 18:08:51 02/15/08 Fri
Author: Trina
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Subject: Re: Feeding Vegetables and Fruit
In reply to: Jade 's message, "Re: Feeding Vegetables and Fruit" on 03:29:54 02/15/08 Fri

It sounds like she already trusts you a bit, most of my buttons run a mile when I try to pet them and they struggle when I hold them & fly away given half a chance lol. It will probably just take her some time to get the courage to take food from your hand, my buttons will take mealworms from my hands but it took months before they were brave enough to grab them from me! Not many quails can resist a juicy mealworm, even if it's only to feed to their girlfriend :)

As for vegetables & fruit I clip bunches of whole lettuce leaves to the side of the aviary & cages, that way they can tear off bits themselves, they love doing that! I used to give them lettuce leaves chopped up, but they found it a bit frustrating when they couldn't rip it into smaller peices. They also like little pots of water cress which they tear bits off. You can buy pots at the supermarket really cheap or grow your own from cress seeds. In the summer I sow a tray of grass seed & when the grass has grown I put the whole tray in & they love to jump in & explore & nibble at the stems of grass.(Just remember not to use plant food or pesticides on it) They also like cucumber slices to peck at. You can also stick stuff in a blender like brocolli, brussells sprouts, carrots, spinach, basically any greens really.Whizzed in a blender or grated it's easier to eat in beak sized bits :) You could try different things & see what they like, some of my quails are fussy but some of them will try anything, the only thing they never touched was citrus fruits.

One thing you should never feed them though is avacado, it's poisonous for birds.

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