What Vegetables are Good for Quails? (10 Examples)

by Kloee Ngozi
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Several vegetables are good for quails, and quails quite love them. These vegetables include spinach, cabbage, peas, and lettuce.

Quails eat a number of things, and they are not very strict eaters; their sources of food include bugs, vegetables, and grains.

If you are worried that feeding leafy greens to your quails might hurt them, don’t be because they can eat a number of vegetables.

We are going to explore some of them in this article.

Do quails eat vegetables?

What Vegetables are Good for Quails

Quails do eat vegetables, and they are omnivores, so they eat a combination of things which includes a wide variety of vegetables.

They eat things that are plant-based, seeds, animal-based like insects, and vegetables.

While it is good to feed your quails a variety of vegetables, you should know that not all vegetables should be fed to quails.

Some people consider the leaves of tomatoes to be vegetables, so they try to feed them to quails; this has the potential to poison your quails.

Depending on where your quails are from, they would be able to eat some vegetables that others might not be able to.

Quails from desert areas can eat cactus, while those not from those areas would find it difficult to digest cactus.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on can quails have strawberries

What vegetables are good for quails

The dietary requirements of quails consist of about twenty percent vegetables. Since they are omnivores, they can eat a variety of things, leafy vegetables included.

Don’t be shy to offer your quails vegetables; while you do that, consider all or some of the vegetables below:

  1. Broccoli;
  2. Cabbage;
  3. Carrots;
  4. Cucumber;
  5. Peas;
  6. Lettuce;
  7. Turnip Greens;
  8. Tomatoes;
  9. Celery; and
  10. Spinach.

1. Broccoli

Broccoli is very rich in nutrients, it has a lot of fiber, iron, protein, calcium, magnesium, and a lot of vitamins like B, A, E, C, and K.

These nutrients are very good for quails. Vitamin K has the capacity to increase the bone strength of your quails.

This rich vegetable contributes to the overall health of quails. You can dice it and feed it to quails.

2. Cabbage

This is one of the most popular vegetables out there, it is very easy to find and doesn’t cost much.

It is also a vegetable that is great for the health of quails as it is loaded with Vitamin C, K, B1.

Cabbages are also high in fiber coupled with some essential minerals such as potassium, copper, and manganese.

It has high levels of antioxidants that are good for quails. Because of its high fiber content, it aids digestion.

3. Carrots

We all know that carrots are very nutritious for humans, but what you might not know is that carrots are great for animals like quails.

Carrots are filled with minerals, fiber, and vitamins. It is also filled with antioxidants that help the bodies of quails expel free radicals.

If You want to feed quails carrots, make sure you clean and dice them first.

4. Cucumber

Cucumbers are also good for quails; it is a good choice of vegetable to feed your quails.

They don’t have many calories and are rich in minerals and vitamins. They are also filled with water.

They can help your quails stay hydrated. Cucumbers have many benefits to your quails. They are also rich in antioxidants.

Also check out this article on the nature of migration in quails

5. Peas

This is one of the vegetables you don’t need to dice before feeding your quails.

Peas are very rich in vitamins like E and C; they have zinc and other nutrients that are good for the system of your quails.

They can strengthen the bone of your quails and help them stay healthy.

6. Lettuce

We all know what lettuces are; what we might not know is that they can be fed to quails.

They have vitamin K that is great for bone strength.

They have a high water content that helps hydration; they are made up of Ninety-five percent water; imagine how good this would be for parched birds.

Be sure to dice this magnificent vegetable for your quails and watch them rush the diced lettuce.

It is not expensive to get lettuces so that you can get much of it for your quails.

7. Turnip Greens

This vegetable is not that popular, but it is filled with so many nutrients.

Turnip greens are the hidden gem of the vegetable world.

They have a wide variety of nutrients that are great for any animal. Their nutrients can provide the following benefits:

  • Bone strengthening.
  • Strengthening sight.
  • Aids digestion and metabolism.

They contain other nutrients like manganese, copper, calcium, and vitamin C that are great for the health of any animal.

8. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are very popular; they are rich in various nutrients like lycopene, potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and folate.

While you can feed this to your quails, do not feed any other part of the plant apart from the fruit to your birds.

The stems and leaves are a no-no, do not attempt to feed them to your birds no matter what.

9. Celery

Quails are very fond of the leaves of celery, and they usually do not eat any other part of celery.

It would be best if you gave your quails only the leaves of celery; there is no need to give them the stalk.

Celery has a lot of benefits like:

  • Filled with antioxidants that help clean the body of your quails and helps them maintain cell integrity. This way, the organs and blood vessels of your quails would be in peak shape.
  • Reduction of inflammation due to several anti-inflammatory nutrients that celery contains. This can reduce the chances of low bone density in your birds.
  • Because of the above nutrient content of celery, it protects the digestive system of your birds and helps them digest things better. Also, they are filled with water and fiber that further supports and aids digestion.
  • Since you cannot always control what your quails eat, it is good to give them vegetables like celery that can help neutralize acidity in foods. They will help the body of your quails function better.

10. Spinach

This is the last vegetable on our list, but it is not the least. Spinach is rich in the following nutrients :

Water: most spinach is water; they are good for hydration, though you should not use spinach as a substitute for water.

Protein; though it may not seem like it, spinach has trace amounts of protein.

Carbs: though spinach has carbs, most of it is fibrous, and that makes it quite healthy.

Sugar: The sugar in spinach is quite small and is mostly fructose and glucose. 

Fiber: The fiber in spinach is mostly insoluble, so that contributes greatly to the health of any animal eating it. It can prevent constipation.

Fat: Spinach contains trace amounts of fat, not significant.

Spinach is a good choice for feeding any animal that can eat vegetables; it is rich in many vitamins and minerals like:

  • Vitamin A.
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin K1.
  • Potassium
  • Folic acid.
  • Iron.
  • Calcium.
  • Vitamin B6.
  • Vitamin E and;
  • Vitamin B9.

Please make sure you clean and dice the vegetables before feeding them to your quails.


Now you know that vegetables can be fed to your quails, and you have a list of our top picks of vegetables for quails.

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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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