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post #11 of 49

I am in Southwest FL. I love raising the Coturnix. They are mini chickens. Many varieties of color. Eggs are delicious. They lay their entire lives like JJ said. They are a delight indeed!

Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.
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post #12 of 49

might be the lack of light this time of year, I think you need to add light to have them lay in winter.

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post #13 of 49

oh I see noone mentioned the amount of food they eat, (loads) what goes in comes straight out lol.

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post #14 of 49

I asked around and everyone I talked to say I can feed them the chickens layer mash.  Should I get something different?

post #15 of 49
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Originally Posted by JJMR794 
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Originally Posted by astatula 

Roosters sound like a wabler or song bird and crow at any time. You dont need a rooster unless you are going to breed them. You can get eggs from your quail for at least 1 year without needing to replace any birds.

Very little work when compared to taking care of chickens. I highly recommend going in this direction especially if you live in a suburban area.


THEY LAY ALOT LONGER THAN 1 YR! IN FACT THEY LAY THROUGHOUT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES, WHICH IN EXTREME CASES MAY BE UPWARDS OF 9 YRS. GRANTED THE EGG NUMBERS DO DECREASE WITH AGE, FERTILITY DOES NOT.


How long do bobs lay?

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post #16 of 49
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Should I get something different?


Yes, try to find an 18% Gamebird Food.

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post #17 of 49
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I asked around and everyone I talked to say I can feed them the chickens layer mash.  Should I get something different?


THEY CAN SURVIVE ON LAYER MASH, BUT IT IS NOT COMPLETE NUTRITION FOR THEM AND YOU'LL FIND MUCH BETTER RESULTS WITH GAME BIRD STARTER 30%
CHICKEN FEED DOES NOT CONTAIN PROPER NUTRIENTS OR IF THEY DO THE NUTRIENTS ARE IN INAPPROPRIATE AMOUNTS. GAMEBIRD FEED IS BEST AND WITH COTURNIX THE HIGHER THE PROTIEN THE BETTER.. ALL MY BIRDS GET STARTER FROM HATCH TO GRAVE.

TOBY I HAVE BOBS IN THE 4YR OLD RANGE THAT ARE STILL LAYING. AGE IS JUST A NUMBER, WHAT REALLY COUNTS IS HOW ARE THEY CARRED FOR THROUGHOUT THAT NUMBER.

I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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post #18 of 49
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Originally Posted by BobwhiteQuailLover 
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Originally Posted by lacoursel 

Should I get something different?


Yes, try to find an 18% Gamebird Food.


18% ????? 28% or higher is best

Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.
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Breeder of Jumbo Coturnix and standard in many varieties, Chinese Blue Breasted (button quail) Quail, other game birds, poultry, waterfowl. Author of Coturnix Revolution.
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post #19 of 49
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Originally Posted by lacoursel 

I asked around and everyone I talked to say I can feed them the chickens layer mash.  Should I get something different?


Others have covered the feed.  They also need additional light 14-16 hours to keep them in Lay.   

Could you show us a picture of your Browns?  Just want to check and see if they indeed sold you more than 1 hen.  We won't be able to tell on the Whites, you have to watch them or vent sex them to check for the hens (actually you could do that with the Browns too, but we always like to see pictures of pretty birds).

Don't give up, the more you learn about them, the easier it gets.  I have found that the Coturnix are actually easier then raising some breeds of chickens.  They each have their own pros and cons.  It just takes a while to get the hang of it.

edited  Browns males will have rusty breasts, females speckled breast.  But some (variations?) both have some speckling on the breasts and are harder to tell.


Edited by Buttercup Chillin - 11/18/10 at 8:53am
I still breed Sicilian Buttercups, and Coturnix quail - As Big As You Can Get Them.  No, I stilll don't sell eggs or birds.
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I still breed Sicilian Buttercups, and Coturnix quail - As Big As You Can Get Them.  No, I stilll don't sell eggs or birds.
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post #20 of 49
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Originally Posted by quailladyoffortmyers 
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Originally Posted by BobwhiteQuailLover 
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Originally Posted by lacoursel 

Should I get something different?


Yes, try to find an 18% Gamebird Food.


18% ????? 28% or higher is best


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I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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I'm Not Yelling!... Thanx Anyway, But Its The Best Way For Me To Read The Print On The Screen.....LF Cochins, SERAMA, RINGNECK AND RUFFED PHEASANTS, MEL. MUTANT RINGNECKS, BLUE SLATE TURKEYS, MALLARDS, WOOD DUCKS, ROUENS, BUTLER BOB WHITES, COTURNIX. PM ME FOR EGG AVAILABILITIES!
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