BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Quail › questions about bobwhite quails - keeping, mating, covey vs breeding pairs
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

questions about bobwhite quails - keeping, mating, covey vs breeding pairs

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

I'm really having a hard time finding info on bobwhites.  Web searches aren't proving fruitful, so I am turning to byc.

 

I have 5 female and 3 male bobwhites approx 3-4 months old.  Right now they have a good sized run attached to a coop and they are in a group.  I have had them for about 2 weeks, and they were definitely a surprise.  I took them in because the people who had them get chicks every spring and release them every fall so they don't have to deal with them over the winter.  The survival rate is poor up here in the north because of the deep snow.

 

I am thinking of keeping them because I felt sorry for them, they will be  more or less as entertainment with the bonus of possible eggs in the summer.  I don't care whether they breed or not.

 

 I thought there wouldnt be any breeding til spring, but today saw a rooster mate or attempt to mate a hen.  I've  read that once the male bobwhites start mating, that the roosters will fight to the death.  So far I haven't observed any agression.  I thought that they wouldnt become sexually mature until  the spring, and that then I would need to provide a large enough run for there to be individual nest areas, or else separate the roosters out into their own quarters, perhaps with a hen or two for company.

 

Quesitons:  

1. Is it safe to leave them in a group over winter?  The run is 8'x10' x 3'tall.  The coop is 3'x5'.  I don't want to be caught in winter with a need to separate out since with deep snow it is not the time to add pens.

2.  Has anyone raised quail in a group long term?

3. Is it normal for bobwhite to start molting at this age and time of year (it is fall here)

 

Any advice or thoughts or resources, would definitely be appreciated.


Edited by lalaland - 9/27/15 at 7:38am
Today's Forecast:  Happy, with a chance of amazing
Reply
Today's Forecast:  Happy, with a chance of amazing
Reply
post #2 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by lalaland View Post
 

I'm really having a hard time finding info on bobwhites.  Web searches aren't proving fruitful, so I am turning to byc.

 

I have 5 female and 3 male bobwhites approx 3-4 months old.  Right now they have a good sized run attached to a coop and they are in a group.  I have had them for about 2 weeks, and they were definitely a surprise.  I took them in because the people who had them get chicks every spring and release them every fall so they don't have to deal with them over the winter.  The survival rate is poor up here in the north because of the deep snow.

 

I am thinking of keeping them because I felt sorry for them, they will be  more or less as entertainment with the bonus of possible eggs in the summer.  I don't care whether they breed or not.

 

 I thought there wouldnt be any breeding til spring, but today saw a rooster mate or attempt to mate a hen.  I've  read that once the male bobwhites start mating, that the roosters will fight to the death.  So far I haven't observed any agression.  I thought that they wouldnt become sexually mature until  the spring, and that then I would need to provide a large enough run for there to be individual nest areas, or else separate the roosters out into their own quarters, perhaps with a hen or two for company.

 

Quesitons:  

1. Is it safe to leave them in a group over winter?  The run is 8'x10' x 3'tall.  The coop is 3'x5'.  I don't want to be caught in winter with a need to separate out since with deep snow it is not the time to add pens.

 

They can offseason together every year. You could put them back into their "covey" in September and leave them that way until march-April.

 

2.  Has anyone raised quail in a group long term?

 

That probably isn't enough space or enough hens to leave them together during breeding season. You'd be much better off putting them pairs/trios during those months. 

 

3. Is it normal for bobwhite to start molting at this age and time of year (it is fall here)

 

It is molting season for just about everything domestic right now. 

 

Any advice or thoughts or resources, would definitely be appreciated.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

thank you for the info.  Guess I better start setting up some pens for spring.....

Today's Forecast:  Happy, with a chance of amazing
Reply
Today's Forecast:  Happy, with a chance of amazing
Reply
post #4 of 5
Quote:
Originally Posted by lalaland View Post
2.  Has anyone raised quail in a group long term?

If you want to keep bobwhites, you will need spacious cages.  Here is a link to the space requirements and other info.  I hope this helps.

James

Don't be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.
Reply
Don't be afraid to stand for what you believe in, even if that means standing alone.
Reply
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

thank you, that link was really helpful. 

 

Now I just have to figure out how to do quail watering in a severe winters.  Chickens are easy....but keeping a chick waterer from freezing seems tricky.

Today's Forecast:  Happy, with a chance of amazing
Reply
Today's Forecast:  Happy, with a chance of amazing
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Quail
BackYard Chickens › BYC Forum › Other BackYard Poultry › Quail › questions about bobwhite quails - keeping, mating, covey vs breeding pairs