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Bobwhite

Average User Rating:
4.125/5,
  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    *Snowflake
    *Orange
    *Mexican Speckled
    *White
    *Silver
    *Smokey/Gray
    *Tennessee Red
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Bobwhites provided food for settlers. They were also used for meat, eggs, and hunting. Bobwhite quail are and were famous for their flight action for hunting! The settlers used them for that
    reason, and the meat.
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  • Breed Details:
    They ARE aggressive, especially in breeding season. The chicks need a 24% (or better) Gamebird Starter (GBS) and fresh water available at all times, I also like to put marbles in the waterer to prevent drowning. Also, if you keep them on ground, you will have to deworm them with pumpkins or Wazine 17. Incubation period is 23-24 days. VERY FLIGHTY! They usually lay an egg every other day. Used for meat and hunting. Usually around 12-14 oz. Quiet. They are seasonal layers.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. PoultryAddict 1
    4/5,
    "Everyone needs some bobwhite's in their life!!!!"
    Pros - beautiful, eggs, meat, let's not forget about the male's endearing calls...
    Cons - can be skittish, don't lay as many eggs as other quail breeds.
    Let me say that first off, if you don't have these quail or have ugly japanese quail,
    GET SOME!

    Bob's are sooo much hardier than japanese and similar breeds, much prettier, and make for better meat birds as well. So here's my story with bobwhite quail!

    One day I decided I wanted meat quail, so I did the usual and went out and got some nice wire that they could'nt break their necks on, and some baling wire as well to tie it all toghter. So I made a circular run about 4 feet wide and 3 feet long, with a hole cut out in the top to access feed/water, and bricks all around the inside and outside to make it both escape proof and predator proof. (wish I had a pic) In the inside the back had a small dog house, which I filled with hay for them to go into when it snowed. Outside of their "quail coop" was some natural brush, and logs and their feeder and waterer.

    The next week I went out to a game farm in western PA and bought 6 mature flight birds and 4 ring neck phesants, (to release and then hunt with my bird dog) They peeped the whole way home, while the dumb phesants threw themselves about the cardboard box and they arrived bloody and battered but alive. First I released my pheasants, which took off flying across the corn field and made me smile. Then I got the quail and put them in a old dog crate, as it was raining out and did'nt want them soaked and cold on their first night. Then the struggle began.

    I looked out through the light rain and noticed 6 little quail, (2 males 4 females) casually strolling about the yard eating grass and peeping nonstop. I stared in absolute HORROR as I see my lose quail run about.
    You see, if a quail is lose their is close to no chance of re-capture, they are not like chickens or even pheasants, in fact hunters have a hard time hunting them with GUNS because of their agility. So naturally, I assumed all was lost but figured, hey why not give it a try?
    a struggle insued.

    I go out in the rain determained, with a butterfly net in hand. I rush them from behind, swinging my weapon wildy and see immidentially this is not the way to go. So they flush to all sides of the house and for the next half hour in almost dark conditions I try to corner them against trees and brushpiles, and long story short and after some wild escaped, I end up with two females and one male secured.

    I am a agile person, and a hunter, which is the ONLY reason I was able to catch the buggers. I put them inside to prevent anymore escaped.

    I had these darling animals for 5 months, in which time they layed no eggs and no, I did'nt eat them. They are truly awesome creatures which require close to no care, and sadly I have not been able to find any near me in florida sense moving. My little quail were killed by a weasel that found a weak spot and dug through it, it was truly a sad day.

    That was my experience, I currently have dumb japanese quail now, It's just not the same. [​IMG]
    Overall:
    4.5
  2. MichStep
    4/5,
    "Pretty Birds"
    Pros - They Are Very Pretty And They Have A Beutiful Bobwhite Call
    Cons - Mine Were Very Skitish
    I loved having my bobwhite quail I loved to walk outside and hear there call they were very pretty, but then I had to let them go they stayed around my house for a mouth or so but then they disapered and never came back. Over all I would love to have more of these birds!
    Overall:
    4
  3. mtgrl
    5/5,
    "Very nice birds to keep!"
    Pros - Lots of eggs, easy to keep, don't need a lot of space, mine are quite friendly, laid back, nice calls
    Cons - Can't think of any
    I found a wild pair of these in my front yard, but they acted surprisingly tame and weren't too hard to catch. I have no experience with birds except for a couple of old hens somebody gave me some years ago and a pair of parakeets I had, but it wasn't at all hard to learn how to take care of these birds. I put them in my parakeet cage and they started laying eggs immediately, every day. They were wild but didn't mind being in a cage at all. Compared to my parakeets, they made much better pets. They didn't try to escape their cage, they don't bite or peck, and they love each other a lot and never wanted to be separate (my parakeets were always fighting). They don't make a lot of noise and have a relaxing call. They also are a nice size and have soft feathers. Compared to the chickens or parakeets, they are much more pleasant to have around. Three chicks have hatched. The first one was very flighty and anxious and scared of people, but the second was very sweet and wouldn't sleep unless it was in my hand. The first one did pick on the younger one for the first couple of days, but once he was big enough to peck back, they stopped fighting and became very close. The third one died within the first few hours of it hatching and I'm not sure why. But the other two are very strong and doing extremely well. For me these bobwhite quail are very nice to keep as pets and all around working out quite well. I'm a beginner at this, but it's going quite smoothly. Also, quail eggs taste quite good.
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. PoultryAddict 1
    you obviously raised them WRONG,
    they are VERY hardy and nice birds. If your gonna post a bad and incorrect review that discourges new quail owners,
    kindly delete your review.
  2. dc3085
    This isn't really an accurate review. Bobwhites are not that hard to raise if you have experience dealing with gamebirds. Did you brood them under red lights? How much brooder space did you give them? How much feed space did you have and how many chicks had to use it?
  3. MichStep
    I think my quail got ate because we have LOTS of hunters, ciotties, bears, hawks, cougars, opossums, raccons, skunks, and some foxes.
  4. chickengeorgeto
    You do kept Bobwhite quail, right? I ask because Coutrix quail are migratory.

    Bobwhites like to roost in coveys so they call quietly to each other through the day then at dusk they roundavue and roost on the ground. The calling of the "lost" call or Judas bird lures the other Bobwhites into the cage and a funnel shaped opening makes it difficult for them to find their way out. However the Bobs inside of hawks and other predators never come home.
  5. Majd
    Wow I'll try this! !! I'm getting some coutrix this summer!! But the hunters are everywhere and I'm afraid they shoot all my babies ( noone except for us obay to the laws and ordinances here
  6. chickengeorgeto
    Keep some call birds in your pens and the parolees will keep returning to feed. You can even fashion a recapture cage and rotate the birds being released.
  7. Hugeroost
    You have to keep some penned up on your place and the ones you release will stay around, I have 100 acres and have it stocked with Cunningham and Georgia giant bobwhite, they come to the deerfeeders and eat.
  8. MichStep
    Well me and some of my neighbors wanted to get them started around here but they all died we think I mean its been 2+ years and we haven't seen or heard them...
  9. dikbiscuit
    Why'd you have to let them go?
  10. Quail Jailer
    Yeah, thats the first thing I thought of when she said they were not hard to catch....

    Mtgrl, I think I would edit my post....

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