A few questions for someone considering Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dixiegal62, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. dixiegal62

    dixiegal62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    To start raising quail, 2 pens that are 4X2X2 or one pen 8X2X2. Or would it be too small either way. Also if you have a wood floor can you just use sand for litter? I would be using memory foam attached to the top for protect their heads. I have 3 choices that I could buy locally Georgia Giants Bob Whites or Bob Whites or Pharaoh. Are any of these good beginner birds. Also if my pen/pens are big enough how many would you recommend? TIA
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Those size pens are fine for a few quail. I do not recommend the Bobwhites for beginners and you would probably enjoy Coturnix or the Pharaoh's much better. Bobwhites can be quite spastic and require a bit more work when it comes to housing. You can use a wooden floor. Any type of litter will work, shavings, grass hay or sand as you mentioned. You could probably keep 6 Pharaohs pretty comfortably in the 4x2x2, or 12 in the 8x2x2. Good luck on your new quail venture!
     
  3. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pharaoh are the easier and calmer of mentioned fast growing and egg laying machines.1sf per bird is good rule of thumb..cva34 2or 3 girls to each boy
     
  4. dixiegal62

    dixiegal62 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, think I'll go with 3 girls and a boy in each pen. Off to start researching.[​IMG]
     

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