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Feed Requirements

     •Chinese Blue Breasted Quail eat 8-10 times their own weight each day
•They require high protein. 22% is great
Gamebird Crumble & Turkey starters are high protein
Non-medicated feeds are easier on their small organs
Oyster Shell Calcium helps replenish laying hens needs
Finch seed mixes can be added to increase oils and fats but should not be used as a sole food source
Greens, Sprouts, and Mealworms can be given as treats
Quail Eggs not being hatched and be cooked shell and all and fed to the quail sparingly

Feeding requirements for these important little birds are simple enough. They require high protein and a good calcium. Their tiny bodies mature very fast and high proteins helps them accomplish that.  Game bird starter and even some turkey starters are a good place to start. Most of those food sources contain high enough protein to satisfy their needs.  We recommend and use 22% protein or higher. Once you find a high protein food you will want to verify it is non-medicated.  Medicated feeds are just to much for these small quails bodies. Their livers can't process them properly. It may even be enough to cause infertility in adults once it has built up in their systems. If you are absolutely unable to find a high protein food you may consider a quality dry cat food ground up as an additive to increase the protein percentage. It has a high protein level that can increase your own feed, however, it also contains other ingredients that are not beneficial to your quail and should be used sparingly only in situations of dire need. 
 Calcium will also prove important most certainly for the hens. A hen in the wild lays one to two clutches of eggs a year. In captivity they can not determine the seasons and continually lay throughout the year. This continual laying of eggs deplete the hens of calcium quickly. Adding crushed oyster shell calcium to the feed mix will help replenish her calcium give your hens continuing health.
 Finch seed can be mixed into your feed. It can give your quail added vitamins and essential oils. Chinese Blue Breasted quail should not be feed only finch seed as it has oils that can become fattening and the protein levels are too low, but adding it to the mixture can be a healthy benefit.
 Like other birds these quail to enjoy treats such as greens, sprouts, and meal worms. Be careful to avoid avocado as it can be toxic to birds. A favorite is meal worms. If using meal worms feed sparingly. Meal worms are a high fat food in some cases mealworms are bred to be even higher in fat as well as fed high fat food for the reptile industry. If a quail becomes overweight even if they visually don't appear heavy they can have health issues and hens can become egg bound not being able to pass the egg through fat deposits. Males who are fed meal worms and special treats will often feed them to the hen as an offering. She maybe getting twice as many as she was fed by eating his offering and hers.

 Many owners choose to hard boil  the excess of quail eggs and feed them back to the birds shell and all giving them calcium and proteins back. When doing this be careful not to overfeed. The boiled egg can become bad and rot in the cage if it is not completely eaten.

If you are keeping these quail as a clean up crew for aviaries it is important to still feed the quail
their own feed.  They each 8-10 times their own weight each day and most other cage birds like parakeets and finches wont drop enough feed to satisfy the quail but also the food content may not be suitable.
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