Originally Posted by kjxoxo1
I'll follow this thread! I wish I could give you pointers but I will be able to after my order comes in around April 5th..... I ordered 250 baby quail chicks...... I have 4 hutches go put them in and will set up brooder lights, etc. I have not a clue what I'm doing!! But I'm sure I will have lots of info soon. I'm hoping they are similar to rising baby chicks only smaller.
. Hoping but we will see!!! Good luck to you as well if you decide to take the plunge as I have!!
So you ordered 250 Jumbo Browns? 4 hutches..and no clue...wow. They are not like baby chicks...except they both need food and water. They have a rapid growth and will require a lot of attention. With that many you will have to watch that some do not get squashed or stampeded. What are your goals with having so many? Are you going to butcher them all and keep a few breeders?
For food your going to need 24% or greater Game bird starter, 28-30% is great! If you are going to butcher the lot of them 6-8 weeks you won't need to worry about space or ratios. If you are going to keep some back for breeders...1:5 is optimal...people do more and they do less...but each adult bird needs at least 1 square of space...ie, a 3'x4' hutch has 12 square feet....12 birds right? Wrong. You have to subtract the area that the feeder and water take up from the gross total...so realistically that amount of space could house 10 adult birds.
To answer the OP's question...there is a game bird directory in the stickies...I would start there for where to purchase...ebay would not be my first choice, lol.
On housing, there are as many thoughts and ideas as there are stars in the sky. If doing a hutch, elevated system. 1/2" hardware cloth for the floors and sides to keep out critters. build it tall enough to keep from breaking your back bending and also help keep raccoons and such out. (some folks even wire around the legs to keep things from going in from the bottom.) build it narrow enough that you can reach in and touch the back wall. It's easier gathering eggs, feed/water, coop maintenance and catching birds for whatever reason. Dust bath a must. rest boards are good and a shelter to get out of the elements.
Saying all that I'm a ground person...3' x12' covered runs...9' at the tallest peak...check out the thread "show me your coops" or "ground vs.wire" for additional ideas...
Good luck and well wishes!
What have I left out or other questions you may have?
Edited by bfrancis - 3/28/12 at 12:19pm