Let me start by saying I'm glad I found this site. I hope to learn a lot and do things right the first time. So thanks in advance for everyone being here who is willing to share their knowledge
I am looking for a bird that's easy to raise. I first thought chickens but they need a lot of space. Ducks are out because they need space and a pool. I've narrowed it down to either quail or Cornish hens.
Again I have NO idea about either. I did read a couple posts on here about quail. I read that there is a quail that matures at 8 weeks and breeds all year. Which sounds good but I don't know what bird is best for what I'm looking for.
I'll try to be quick. I have 4 dogs that I feed raw. 3 little dogs and a working line german shepherd.
My shepherd eats 2.5 to 3 lbs daily (depending on his
The 3 little dogs eat between 5 and 7 ounces daily.
I'd like to produce enough to make about 10 to 15 meals a day for them.
If quail is the best bird for the job, how many would I need? Can I use one huge cage or how many per cage and what size cage? Do I absolutely need an incubator and brooder? Don't the parents care for them? (Excuse my ignorance lol)
If I'd need too many to feed my shepherd, the quail sizes seem perfect for the 3 little dogs. How many breeders would I need for 10-15 meals a month @ about 5-7 ounces each for the 3 little dogs?
What would you suggest for my shepherd?
If you don't suggest quail, can you offer some help for another bird?
Thank you all so much for reading. I'm hoping someone will be able to help or offer better suggestions.
I'm also planning on breeding rabbits for them and need help there too lol but I'll have to find a different forum for that