A discussion about the different varieties of Bobwhite Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by oldguy, May 14, 2009.

  1. oldguy

    oldguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009
    Please share what you know about the different kinds of bobwhites. I'm new to quail and will just list a few of the varieties i see spoken of and please tell me about their characteristics.

    1) which kind is easiest to raise
    2) which kind grows the largest
    3) which kind is the heartiest / most likely to survive if released
    4) can all types fly well
    5) what other pertinent distinguishing characteristics among kinds

    Georiga Giant Bobwhites
    Butler Bobwhites
    Northern Bobwhites

    what other kinds ?

  2. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Well I know nothing about quail, but would like to learn more as well...
    So, BUMP!!
  3. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    I personally never seen much difference between them, they are basically all the same except size wise, including other color mutations of the bobwhite.
    The regular northern bobwhite, white and other color mutation versions of the bobwhite may be a bit more restless if anything compared to the larger sized bobwhite.
    They will all pick, fight, burst into flight if the right condition are met..

    however once good condition are met with them and they learn to trust you, you may be able to handle them as well fairly easily, some of ours will take food right from your hand but that is about as far as i went with them.
    if i need to inspect one for any reason or band them, we will use a small gold fish type net to capture them in there pens.

    From what we've raised the butlers appear to be the larger version, but there are other folks who say no that Georgia giant or Wisconsin are larger. they probably are all from the same line in the end.
    however to keep them large one must select and breed specifically for the biggest birds..If you do not select, size will be compromised ultimately in the end.

    Last edited: May 14, 2009
  4. oldguy

    oldguy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2009

    that pretty much answers my questions

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