Quails eat fruit, which may not be a very common topic since the diet of quails is actually composed mostly of grains and seeds, but some fruits can be a perfect complement to the quail’s diet.
Especially those fruits with a great number of vitamins and minerals that can be easily digested by the quail, and also fruits that contain little fructose, since in reality, quails are not birds accustomed to sugar.
Among the great variety of existing fruits, there are some that can be offered as food to quails without problems, and providing excellent nutritional properties to the bird.
Here is a list of the most popular and healthy fruits to feed the quail.
Despite being a fruit with a little acidity, kiwi consumption is safe for quails, so it can be provided as a healthy supplement.
However, to avoid excessive acidification, the ideal is to provide the kiwi to the quail when they are a little past their stage of maturity, since it then has a higher sugar content, is less acidic and is more digestible.
It must be taken into account that kiwifruit is not classified as a citrus fruit like oranges, it also has a preucation in excess feeding since kiwifruit has relatively high fructose levels.
Kiwifruit is very rich in vitamin C and therefore strengthens the immune system. However, it should be given to quails in very small proportions, because even though it is very ripe, it is a fruit with acidity that may not be to the taste of the quail.
The apple is one of the most popular fruits worldwide, it contains a large amount of pectins in its peel, this promotes a healthy intestinal flora and may also lead to a lower cholesterol level.
In addition, apples have a protective influence on the pH value of the intestine and are suitable as a food supplement for acid-base balance problems.
The caloric content of the apple is relatively low and therefore it can be a good food supplement for quail.
Pears are also a popular fruit among quails because they are pleasant, soft and sweet, but compared to apples, they have a higher fructose and calorie content, so care must be taken not to give them to the quail in excess, fructose can act as a natural laxative.
Pears are rich in vitamin A and group B vitamins, as well as folic acid, and pears also have the particularity of being low in acid.
Quails can eat raspberries, especially mixed with other foods, due to the great number of vitamins and minerals, as well as its low quantity of sugar and calories, making it one of the most profitable fruits for the quail.
Raspberries are a source of fiber. In addition, they contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is a water-soluble nutrient that strengthens the immune system and protects against infection.
Raspberries are also very high in water, making them detoxifying, as well as containing considerable minerals, folic acid, and potassium, but very little fructose.
There are different types of raspberry, distinguished by their colors, the most popular being red.
Although raspberries taste very sweet, they have relatively low sugar (fructose) content. The fiber it contains is good for digestion.
Watermelon is one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world by human beings. Especially during hot seasons due to its high water content.
Quails can eat watermelon, they benefit from the large amount of minerals and vitamins as well as the water contained in the watermelon.
The watermelon’s antioxidant qualities are highly effective in helping to prevent cellular oxidation in quails, improving overall health by boosting the quail’s immune system.
By improving quail’s immune system, it is possible to help prevent or delay the progression of degenerative diseases.
Watermelon also helps prevent heat stroke in quails, because 90% of the fruit is water, watermelon is especially useful during the hottest months to keep quails hydrated and fresh.
Blackcurrants are a perfect complement as quail feed, they can be supplied fresh, or dried, mixed with quail feed.
Blackcurrants are rich in vitamin C. The vitamin also regulates the body’s calcium and phosphorus balance.
There are also large amounts of vitamin E in blackcurrants; this vitamin can be found in the membranes of all the cells in the body.
It acts as an antioxidant that protects fatty acids from damage by aggressive molecules. It also inhibits inflammatory processes and stimulates the immune system.
Blackcurrants also have a significant amount of minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus.
Quails can eat bananas and can benefit from their wide variety of nutrients and vitamins. Bananas are extremely rich in vitamins A, C, and B6 and also contain magnesium, iron, niacin, and other essential trace elements.
I have even seen quails prefer to eat banana peel. Bananas, a very popular food for poultry, are economical, easy to handle and very nutritious.
Preparing mixed banana-based foods is a very popular and traditional way to feed quails and chickens.
What fruits shouldn't you give to the quails?
Although most birds can eat many fruits including citrus fruits, feeding quail with very citrus fruits is not recommended.
There is a difference between birds that have the ability to fly and therefore can have many kinds of fruits including citrus fruits within their reach, these birds already have their diet adapted to this type of food.
Quail, on the other hand, are land birds whose diet is more oriented to grains and seeds, and although eating some citrus fruit is not immediately harmful to a quail, it is not considered beneficial and certain risks can be taken in the case of excess.
That is to say, what is the point of feeding a very citrus fruit to a quail? At first sight it is clear that citrus fruits are not an appropriate food for a quail, citrus fruit contains a large amount of vitamin C, but this vitamin can still be found in other less citrus fruits and with less fructose.
Although I have been doing research and learned that some people develop very safe food sources through the orange peel, this is another process.