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Coturnix Quail: Male to Female ratio

post #1 of 6
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Hi Everyone smile

I am about to seperate my quail and want to know, what is the ideal male to female ratio?

I was thinking 1:3?

This way i can clean out other males, and see how many more eggs I need to order smile

Thanks smile

-Austin


Edited by lowcountrypoultry - 11/3/08 at 6:02pm
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post #2 of 6

I believe they can be more like 1:5, but mine are a trio. Of course, these are the only ones I have, but you get the idea! 1:5 is what I have heard for colony breeding though.

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post #3 of 6

Austin,

My A&M's are set up at a 4:1 ratio.  Some of my hens were a little bare when I got them, but since I have gone to this ratio, none of them have gotten any barer (is that a word?).  The younger hens put in with these groups show no feather stripping at all.  I will go to a five to one ratio when I increase my breeding numbers and retest fertility then.  I would keep a few spare males just in case if you decide to go to a higher ratio.  If you have a 3 or 4 to 1 ratio and lose a male you could just place each hen in another established breeding pen.  However if you have a 5:1, you would probably want a replacement male for that pen.

JMO
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post #4 of 6

I am at a 4:1 ratio with my coturnix

post #5 of 6

We use 5:1


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post #6 of 6

I'm doing 4:1 mostly....the most i'd do for one male is 5. Just to insure fertility.

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