Originally Posted by Eggcellent7301
I have recently learned of domestic quail for egg production, and seeing the interecting colouring of their eggsa nd their small size, i instantly bcame curious, here are some of my questions and i hope that you can answer them.
how many eggs to quails lay a week?:
how many quails could you keep in 314 square feet?:
are quails friendly? can they be tamed?:
how hardy are quails? are they quite fragile?
thank you in advance for answering such hard questions:clap
These are for Coturnix (Japanese) quail ONLY. Bobwhites are a lot different.
1. about 1 a day, though they may take a day off. So assume 5-7 a week, per bird.
2. You could keep 314 quail in that amount of space comfortably. You would want a one:six ratio of cocks:hens, so 52 cocks to 262 hens, so assume you'll be getting anywhere from 200-250 eggs a day.
3. They can be, but if you are keeping them in such large numbers, they will only be docile, not tame like a parrot or budgie.
4.Coturnix really aren't that fragile; you should keep the top of the pen high enough so that they don't boink their heads and break their necks, and when they are chicks they are fairly fragile. Other than that, it's like owning a bird-bulldozer.
These are for button quail:
1. About one a day, sometimes one every other day. I experience more like 5 eggs a week from these birds.
2. You can keep two in that area. They are best left in pairs, and colony breeding is NOT reccomended.
3. These are more flighty than coturnix, but some people report very tame buttons. It's all about how much time you spend with them.
4. These are quite fragile birds. Boinking is a very serious issue, predators are, and while they are chicks, they are VERY vulnerable to chilling, overcrowding, and just generally being 'Fragile' in nature.
These are for bobwhite quail:
1. They lay in seasons, as compared to buttons and coturnix, which lay year round. You can coax them to lay more with artificial lighting, but fertility drops. Assume anywhere from 250-300 eggs a year from bobwhites with lighting.
2. You can keep 314 in that area. For best results, a lesser number please!! You should have the cock:hen ratio closer to 1:3 or 1:4.
3. Not really, again, the numbers factor, and bobwhites are more wild than most quail.
4. Fairly fragile as chicks, vulnerable to predators (although not so much as Coturnix and Buttons) and can boink if the ceiling is too low. They also can be cannibals if they are too crowded! They fight like no other quail mother! Just FYI.