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#5587293 - 02/06/15 10:07 PM What are these quail eating?
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It's a short-bladed grass; not clover. All our birds a couple weeks ago had been feeding on it.





Can't see it too good if at all in these pics but there's some very tiny black seeds there also.




Edited by 1971snipe (02/06/15 10:09 PM)

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#5587551 - 02/07/15 07:47 AM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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We saw some of that on our last outing.
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#5587585 - 02/07/15 08:09 AM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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Where were they harvested?

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#5587694 - 02/07/15 09:15 AM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: aerangis]
1971snipe Offline
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Originally Posted By: aerangis
Where were they harvested?


Karnes County, near Kenedy. They had good, and timely, rain last year ... best quail population in recent memory on our lease.

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#5587945 - 02/07/15 12:35 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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I'm guessing Winter wheat as far as the green goes.


Edited by coolie (02/07/15 12:36 PM)

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#5587964 - 02/07/15 12:49 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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Winter wheat or Mesquite Grass would be my guess
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#5587984 - 02/07/15 01:03 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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The seeds look like ragweed. It's their meat and potatoes.

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#5588929 - 02/08/15 10:08 AM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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Could be winter wheat or whatever kind of winter grass but for sure a lot more of it than you usually see. I hunted a week in Oklahoma recently and there was a little bit of green grass in the crops of the birds I took but if it was available, broomweed seed was the preferred food. I'd say over half I checked were 100% broomweed seed and I mean crops packed full. Plenty of everything a quail bird could ever want to eat in western Oklahoma this year and the birds were in exceptionally good shape.

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#5589288 - 02/08/15 03:35 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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Originally Posted By: 1971snipe
Originally Posted By: aerangis
Where were they harvested?


Karnes County, near Kenedy. They had good, and timely, rain last year ... best quail population in recent memory on our lease.


My guess would be a cultivated grass or winter wheat. When it comes to diet, quail will feed on a wide variety of plants, native and cultivated.

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#5593046 - 02/10/15 05:56 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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#5593717 - 02/11/15 08:17 AM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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Oklahoma birds are eating something green too. The only thing I have seen in our area that is that green, is Wheat.

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#5594391 - 02/11/15 01:52 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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My birds from last weekend had green vegetation. We don't have any wheat fields in the area for 5 miles. Some kind of wild grass or weed. food
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#5594633 - 02/11/15 04:44 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: Kahuna]
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#5594698 - 02/11/15 05:23 PM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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R u sure it is a grass. Shot some birds south of san antonio (unvalued) last week that looked as if they had been eating new leaves from black brush.

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#5611353 - 02/21/15 08:43 AM Re: What are these quail eating? [Re: 1971snipe]
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It's difficult to see exactly what the green leafy objects are in the picture, but typically what I see late season like this is filaree or pig weed. Keep your fingers crossed that this upcoming weather doesn't amount to layers of ice or snow that covers the ground too long. If it does, heavy supplemental feeding OFF THE ROADS is crucial for these birds to survive / carrying as much weight as possible headed into this Spring. This is for non South Texas (Rolling Plains, High Plains and Western Oklahoma)....

Avoid the natural disasters (crazy flooding run off when hens are on their nest, big hail stones at the worst time OR what's mentioned above) and simply 75% or more of average annual rainfall....we will see an explosion in The Bobwhite population in 2015. Time to add an extra dog to your string and / or a new pup to learn on the job, stage is set unlike we've seen since 2002-2003.




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