Can Quails Eat Grapes? (Answered)

by Kloee Ngozi
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Quails are fascinating, hardy, and prolific birds. They eat a variety of things in the wild, but primarily grains.

However, they consume nearly anything on the farmstead, just like your other poultry birds.

Seeds, grains, vegetables, insects, and professionally prepared feed are all food sources for farm quail.

So, quail do enjoy eating grapes. Thus, quail do appreciate grapes. Grapes are high in vitamins B, C, and A, which are beneficial for their growth, reproduction, and immunity.  Additionally, they contain trace amounts of copper and calcium. They are juicy and tasty, even as they begin to wilt.

However, be advised that if you do not feed enough of these delectable morsels, your birds will fight over them.

Thus, grapes are safe for quails in general and in moderation. They are incredibly selective about what they eat, but if you learn their feeding patterns, it will be simple to feed them

What are the health benefits of grapes for quails?

Can Quails Eat Grapes

Grapes are entirely non-toxic for quails. They can safely consume both the fruit and the vine’s leaves.

However, too much of anything nice may be detrimental, and the same is valid for grapes.

However, if you do not overfeed them, they can be a nutritious supplement to your birds’ diet

1. Vitamins C and K-Rich

Grapes are an excellent source of the vital vitamins C and K. These vitamins are critical for overall bodily health.

2. A Great Source of Antioxidants

Grapes contain a plethora of antioxidants. Red grapes have higher antioxidant content than green grapes.

In both cases, the antioxidants are concentrated in the fruit’s skin and seeds.

Antioxidants are good in repairing any damage free radicals might have done to the cells of the body.

Also, in exceptional cases, they can reverse current damage and prevent more damage.

Additionally, they work as anti-inflammatory agents, which strengthen the immune system.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on can quails get bumblefoot?

How often should I feed them grapes?

Anything in excess is harmful—even for quails.

Grapes are a nutritious addition to your bird’s feed, but just as a treat once in a while.

So if you have any leftovers, you can give them to your birds.

However, it would be best if you exercise caution, do not five them on a daily basis and in huge amounts.

Simply keep in mind that quails require a balanced diet, and feeding them with your kitchen waste may not be healthy. 

How do you feed quail grapes?

Quails grown and raised on a farmstead are typically rather astute and have no problem eating grapes.

But it is best if you cut up the grapes into pieces as they are not used to eating them as it is done in the wild. 

This is because quails lack teeth and will consume everything they can get their hands on whole.

So a larger grape may choke your quail, particularly if it has callous skin.

Furthermore, if you have young quail chicks, crushing the grape before feeding is best.

As their beaks are tiny, they will be unable to consume a whole grape.

By crushing the fruit, you’re making it easier for them to be able to pick up the fruit and swallow it.

Can quails eat grape seeds?

Yes, they are capable of eating grape seeds.

Quails are very fond of vegetable seeds. Apart from grape seeds, they can contain seeds from a variety of vegetables and fruits.

However, you can only give this seed in small quantities.

Even though they aren’t poisonous, if fed in excess, they can result in intestinal obstructions.

Can quails eat grape leaves?

Quails can eat grape leaves, inasmuch as the leaves have not been treated with fungicide, pesticide, or any chemicals.

Unfortunately, these elements can affect the internal organs of the birds, thereby affecting their growth or ultimately leading to their death.

Are there any problems to be aware of before feeding them grapes?

Yes, most quail enjoy grapes.

It’s something they eat in the wild. But you should know that it can result in a fight outbreak, mainly if the fruit isn’t in sufficient quantity.

Also, there are still other things to consider before feeding your quails grapes. For example:

1. Grapes Contain a High Sugar Content

That is precisely why we humans enjoy snacking on them. It is the sweetness that entices us to return for more.

The issue here is that hens are incapable of handling nearly as much sugar as humans are.

Their digestive tracts weren’t intended to handle big amounts of sugar.  Sugar overload can result in sour crops and other digestive problems in quails.

Quails are opportunistic feeders in the wild. True, if they come across a grape bush, they will devour whatever they can reach.

However, they would do so while pecking around for leaves, bugs, and any other thing they can find. After that, they move to another location.

Domesticate quails, on the other hand, typically do not have as much freedom.

They’ll devour whatever you feed them, in whatever quantity you provide. They will not pause to consider if it is beneficial to them or not.

When distributing grapes, avoid sharing an excessive amount at once. Additionally, it should not become an everyday occurrence.

Grapes contain sugar, which is unhealthy for your birds when given in excess. Thus grapes should be used as a rare treat. 

Also check out this article I wrote on quails getting lice

2. Keep an Eye Out for Pesticides 

As previously stated, grapes are not poisonous to quails.

However, many grape varieties are cultivated commercially and sprayed with a variety of herbicides and fungicides. This is true for both the vine and the fruit.

Whenever you buy some grape fruits, ensure you thoroughly wash them before giving them to your birds.

Can baby quails eat grapes? 

Yes, quail baby chicks can consume grapes; however, it is best to crush the grapes prior to giving them.

Because the chicks’ beaks are so small, they will be unable to pick up the fruit whole.

In addition, as a result of the crushing, it becomes easier for them to consume and swallow. 

Can quails eat grapes whole?

No, quails do not have that big a mouth to pick a whole grapefruit and eat it.

Also, they do not have teeth, which makes it impossible to crush the fruit before swallowing.

So instead, they peck at the fruit till they finish consuming it. 

Furthermore, eating it whole will probably cause blockage in their throat, which can be detrimental to their health.

Out in the wild, quails are known for infesting grape vineyards in the 1000s and leaving big devastation behind.

They do this by pecking at the fruit and eating, resulting in a loss for the farmers. 

All in all, quail cannot eat grapefruit whole as their mouth is not designed to fit in things of that size.


Another intelligent and adaptable bird species is the quail. Be it in a farmstead or out in the wild; these birds have a good understanding of what food is best for them and their species’ survival. 

Additionally, they can include a variety of foods, including insects, fruits, and vegetables.

However, the most critical mineral required by their bodies is protein. They do enjoy eating grapes. Therefore try to feed them food that is very high in protein

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Kloee Ngozi

Kloee is a backyard farmer and avid gardener who enjoys tending to her garden and plants. She is so engrossed with her plants that she has pet names for all of them. She likes to relax with a bottle of wine and read a book.


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