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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Chukar man, Jul 25, 2014.
1.how big a cage
2. Either go broody
3.which is cheaper
Thanks for the ansers
Cots 1sq ft per bird, bobs no less than 4 sq ft per bird
Neither are likely to go broody, both these species have been captive bred and cage raised too long, their brooding instincts are nearly gone.
Coturnix. Bobs only lay eggs from may to august each year (about 100 eggs total) and will not lay until the first may after they are 30 weeks old. So you are feeding them from now until may before you get an egg. Coturnix will start layin between 7-12 weeks and will lay up to 300 eggs without artificial lighting. For meat purposes coturnix are ready to butcher in 8 weeks and bobs aren't ready until 16-20 weeks.
I would recommend coturnix if haven't raised quail before. There is quite a bit of special care required to keep bobwhites from being cannibalistic of each other on top of them need at least 4 times the space. Bobs are very aggressive birds, if you aren't doing things right they'll kill each other very quickly.
Coturnix can be bred in groups of 1:4-1:7 Male:female. Bobs should only be kept in pairs or trios, unless you are giving them like 150 sq ft plus then you can consider a covey.
Are there any other breeds
scaled, valley, gambels, bensons (elegant quail), chinese quail, mearns, harlequin, and mountain quail are what I can think of off the top of my head. Some of those species are hard to come and can be even harder to raise, like mountain quail.
I've ordered some bob hatching eggs and a mini chick-bator
Thats the way to jump right in there... Georgia quail farm?
You also need a gamebird license for those bobwhites.
Well I've got hem in the cart on strombergshatcherie just need 5 $