A warm Hello from NC with my Quails. Need input/suggestions.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Pielcanela96, Mar 30, 2015.

  1. Pielcanela96

    Pielcanela96 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2015
    North Carolina
    Hello everyone, I'm new to the site and new to raising Quails.

    I grew up around chickens when I was a kid, so in my quest of finding ways to be eat more natural and be more self-sufficient, my first thought was to raise chickens. That would have been nice, except that I'm in a "City", with no even half an acre and my neighbors actually like me. So even thought I believe he City will allow chickens, I didn't want to bother the whole neighborhood with the noise and there are other small reason to add to why not chickens. So this is how I got to Quails as an option. This is my first time raising anything. I have read a lot of articles, been to a bunch of website and done some extensive homework. Now, so far my issue is that I have read everywhere to keep a 1:3 male to female ratio. or 1:5. Well, I purchased 20 baby Coturnix Quails, only 18 made it. They are two weeks and 2 days old today and I can already see that I have about 3 males. Which is not bad so far, but I didn't check them all.
    I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what I can do if I have too many males and not enough hans? I don't want them killing each other. I first got them with the idea that I will get eggs and also meet, but I an bring myself up to killing them and eating them. I know that might sound weird since I'm trying to be self-sufficient, but hey, it's my first try and I girl can dream.:)

    Any ideas or suggestions? since everywhere that I have read it states that they die pretty soon (2 years or so) I don't know if I can give the extra males again or not. Not sure if anyone will be interested.

    Thank you in advance for your input and opinion. [​IMG]
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  3. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! I've hatched and raised quail before and they were lovely little birds to keep. Unfortunatly my dog didn't like them so I had to rehome them for the sanity of the quail and the dog. I'm sure the quail experts will be able to help you over in the quail section that Kelsie left you the link for.
    Wishing you the very best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Lots of people find they cannot "process" their birds for meat. it's nothing to be ashamed of. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Hello, and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I don't know much about quail (never kept any- but always wanted to!). I would post at the link Kelsie2290 left you with. Good luck with your quail![​IMG]
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I also don't know about quail so I'm not much help. But enjoy them and good luck!
  9. Pielcanela96

    Pielcanela96 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 30, 2015
    North Carolina
    Thank you all so much for the welcome messages and Kelsy for the link. I'm glad to be amongst such a wonderful group of people.

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