Originally Posted by Pensmaster
How much harder is raising quail than chickens? They one thing holding me back from trying them was the cage set up. Is it something that can be built? Feed efficiency? Can they be raised in an enclosed area such as a barn or is sunshine needed?
Also the 39% not so random that number follows me everywhere. Another one today was the package the wife had shipped here yep 39 written on all sides. No rhyme or reason. Just hoping for a better hatch rate than that. Too funny.
It's easier than chickens I think.
This will be my first round hatching them though.
Cages you should probably build yourself as they can be expensive.
I am using a 3 pen rabbit hutch I got for free off Craigslist.
It's about 4-6 sq. ft each pen.
I didn't build it, or it would have been wired for eggs to roll out, course it was for rabbits.
I'm lazy, so I didn't rewire it.
Feed efficiency is all about keeping it in the feeder.
They fling their heads when eating, So I place their feeders inside a Jug/Bucket with holes cut in the side.
They have to stick their whole heads in there, IF you don't do this,
You will probably be wasting over 50% feed. As long as feed isn't being wasted, they are very efficient.
Enclosed areas are fine, but you'll want I hear 14 hr light cycles to stimulate laying.
I hear over 16 hour cycles they can sometimes become aggressive and fight/kill one another.
I did this with a $4 Indoor timer(which has been working outside for months) and a salvaged refrigerator light socket.
I hope your hatch rate is OVER 9 THOUSAND!
Edited by LocalYokel - 12/14/15 at 6:53pm