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So you care for them pretty much the same way as a chicken then? Feed, water, grit, shelter and a perch? What are the special ins and outs of them? And how long do they live for / lay eggs efficiently for?

5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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post #2 of 10
There are so many different kinds of quails, which ones where you considering? smile.png
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I have coturnix (Japanese)  quail.  They are friendly, lay a lot of eggs, and don't need large space.

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Not sure Livi. I am just getting my chicken set up finished and was thinking about quail as well. A type that would lay a good bit of eggs and is also tasty as I absolutely love eating qual would be good. I was just wondering what their general upkeep was like. I mean is it pretty much like chickens and other birds. Just make sure they have feed and water and thats it?
 

5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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post #5 of 10
Then I would recommend coturnix (japenese) quails, maybe a bigger line like the ones they call jumbo smile.png
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And as far as their care, just feed them and give them water? Do they require grit?
 

5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/102281/coturnix-quail-basics-information-and-pictures-galore

The link posted above has a lot of great information for new quail keepers smile.png
Edited by Livi - 8/18/12 at 11:30am
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What link?
 

5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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5 New Hampshire reds, 2 barred rocks, 3 buff orphingtons, 1 partridge rock, 2 jersey giants, 3 red stars, 2 cuckoo marans, a wild cat named Sadie, Nikki the beagle puppy, and Miss Magie the potbelly pig.  ~~~Proverbs 3:5-6

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Sorry, fixed my post now smile.png


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Coturnix are the best quail to start out with and lay more eggs then you will know what to do with.  Very easy to keep and do not perch or use a ramp.  Always provide oyster shell and a dust bath made with sand and Diotamaceous earth mixed.  You will see them eat some of the sand mixture but that is ok. 

My website: http://www.OurLittleCoop.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OurLittleCoop 

 

What we currently have: Cayuga ducks, barred rocks, R.I.R., easter eggers, light brahma, silver laced polish, buff laced polish, Coturnix quail, Tuxedo coturnix, button quail, Snowflake bob whites, a Boxer, min/pin chi, couple of kids and NO FREE TIME! 

 

Cheers! ~ Kevin

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My website: http://www.OurLittleCoop.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/OurLittleCoop 

 

What we currently have: Cayuga ducks, barred rocks, R.I.R., easter eggers, light brahma, silver laced polish, buff laced polish, Coturnix quail, Tuxedo coturnix, button quail, Snowflake bob whites, a Boxer, min/pin chi, couple of kids and NO FREE TIME! 

 

Cheers! ~ Kevin

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