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#6229111 - 03/19/16 08:54 AM Best feed for quail
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If I was going to supplement feed wild quail, what is best?

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#6229207 - 03/19/16 10:54 AM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Milo.
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#6229660 - 03/19/16 07:46 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Spread it around. Don't put it in feeders, or deep grass. Cow paths are great. A momma quail can make a living for her chicks by feeding up and down a cow path. They can duck into the grass on either side to get away from overhead predictors.
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#6229669 - 03/19/16 07:52 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: bill oxner]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Spread it around. Don't put it in feeders, or deep grass. Cow paths are great. A momma quail can make a living for her chicks by feeding up and down a cow path. They can duck into the grass on either side to get away from overhead predictors.

So you don't recommend quail feeders?
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#6229679 - 03/19/16 08:03 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: bow5]
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Originally Posted By: bill oxner
Spread it around. Don't put it in feeders, or deep grass. Cow paths are great. A momma quail can make a living for her chicks by feeding up and down a cow path. They can duck into the grass on either side to get away from overhead predictors.

So you don't recommend quail feeders?


No. They draw predictors.
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#6229683 - 03/19/16 08:08 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Wheat is better and better for the quail
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#6229955 - 03/20/16 01:39 AM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Milo is a much better attractant for quail than it is a suppliment. Kinda like corn for deer. They arent going to get a whole lot of norishment out of it.

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#6232365 - 03/22/16 07:59 AM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: Pointer]
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Originally Posted By: Pointer
Milo is a much better attractant for quail than it is a suppliment. Kinda like corn for deer. They arent going to get a whole lot of norishment out of it.


Agreed. Start now and create some soil disturbance like meander discing in your pastures or discing your roads along fence lines. Cattle will also help keep the soil disturbed but on a smaller property like you have you will have to be real careful on over grazing, although your pastures look like they could stand some grazing to open them up some. Quail need nesting cover but too much grass will move them out also.

The first plant to come back on newly disturbed soil will be croton... probably the best native seed plant for dove/quail. Also, baby quail don't eat seeds... they eat insects so make sure you have some areas that hold water or that will keep a moist environment for insect production.
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#6233173 - 03/22/16 06:59 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: First_Chance]
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Originally Posted By: First_Chance

Start now and create some soil disturbance like meander discing in your pastures or discing your roads along fence lines. Cattle will also help keep the soil disturbed but on a smaller property like you have you will have to be real careful on over grazing, although your pastures look like they could stand some grazing to open them up some. Quail need nesting cover but too much grass will move them out also.

The first plant to come back on newly disturbed soil will be croton... probably the best native seed plant for dove/quail. Also, baby quail don't eat seeds... they eat insects so make sure you have some areas that hold water or that will keep a moist environment for insect production.

Sound advice all. King Ranch biologists have remarked to me that croton is VITAL for quail production (helps trigger the breeding cycle), and that baby quail need to be able to run on the ground thru the grass, backing up the statement that too thick a grass is not conducive to quail production. Good luck, and good hunting next year!


Edited by Pointer (03/22/16 07:05 PM)

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#6233306 - 03/22/16 08:36 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Chicken scratch is good feed also. But scattered, not in feeders. Like mentioned earlier, quail feeders become predator magnets. And 60/40 vegetation to bare ground works great for the birds. I pick up my dogs when I come to thick grass areas.

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#6233780 - 03/23/16 10:00 AM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Millet, Milo and wheat. Broadcast it down roads and paths
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#6234492 - 03/23/16 07:19 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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Sunflower seed.

Baby's need bugs.
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#6247951 - 04/04/16 06:55 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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I have been adding milo in my feeders with my corn for the last 5 years. When observing the quail seem to eat both the corn and milo. Corn seemed to be too large but that didn't seem to matter. any thoughts

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#6248041 - 04/04/16 08:06 PM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: Kahuna]
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Originally Posted By: Kahuna

Baby's need bugs.


Both adults and chicks need bugs this time of year. Best way to get more bugs is to burn which also clears out debris and allows the birds to feed more effectively.


Edited by Whiptail (04/04/16 08:07 PM)

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#6248364 - 04/05/16 07:26 AM Re: Best feed for quail [Re: TTT Ranch]
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What you feed needs to be a bit larger seed from what biologist said at a seminar once I attended. Needs to be higher protein also. This biologist said they studied quail eating milo and they had to eat a high number of seeds(150 + or - IIRC) to fill up. He suggested something larger like soybeans so the quail did not have to spend as much time eating and exposed to predators around a feeder. Also soybeans offer 4 to 5 times the protein value per seed as milo. They also said the bugs were important. In all of the research sites they tested with added feed, food plots, discing, added water, prescribed burns, grazing management, etc the highest bird density they found was on ranch land with no feed, no water and no livestock. One of the lowest was high density feeders and water stations in comparison on that study.
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