Bobwhite Quail Questions

Quails1

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Here are questions I need to know:
1. Are these jumbo bobwhites? (pictures below)
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2. What do bobwhite quails eat in the wild?

3. Is it fine to feed bobwhites seeds?

4. Can I feed bobwhite chicks gamebird grower? (our local feed bin has no gamebird starter.)

5. Are the gamebird crumbles too big for the chicks to eat?

6. How long do bobwhite chicks need a heat lamp?

7. Can the chicks survive without the use of a heat lamp?

8. In terms of size, not weight, how much smaller are the wilds (not jumbos) compared to the jumbos?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
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cmobley

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1 i dunno i cant tell.
2 various grass seeds and bugs they love black eyed peas from the gardens.
3 i dont see why not i think id give them seeds along with a high protein feed after 4 to 5 weeks no seeds to babies strictly feed.
4 i wouldnt feed them grower they really need the highest protein feed you can get. I use farmers helper ultra kibble for chicks its 29.86 % protein and they seem to love it.
5 i dont think they are theres some really small bits and pieces that they can eat in there and mine never had a problem eating it.
6 i put mine under a lamp for 4 weeks mine are coturnix,bobwhites may need another week or so under a light they mature a little slower than coturnix.
7 no they gotta have heat they lose body temp really fast and will die.
8 that i dont know but im sure a simple google look up could answer that.
 

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Here are questions I need to know:
1. Are these jumbo bobwhites? (pictures below) They look like either Butler's or Georgia Giants.



2. What do bobwhite quails eat in the wild? Insects, seeds, legumes and grains from farmers fields, sprouting foliage, etc...

3. Is it fine to feed bobwhites seeds? Yes. All small grains and seeds are great for Bobs.

4. Can I feed bobwhite chicks gamebird grower? (our local feed bin has no gamebird starter.) Try to find feed that has somewhere between 24% to 28%. I have fed adult quail 20% protein but this is not recommended for growing chicks.

5. Are the gamebird crumbles too big for the chicks to eat? Yes. You will need to crush the feed for the first week or two until they grow large enough to eat the crumbles.

6. How long do bobwhite chicks need a heat lamp? 5 to 6 weeks. Start them at 97 degrees and lower it by 5 degrees each week. If at any time they become aggressive in the brooder, lower the temp 3 or 4 degrees and work it down from there. Do NOT crowd bob babies in the brooder. They are known to kill each other. So 1/2 square foot per chick to start and at 3 weeks move up to 1 square foot per chick. Use a Red or Infra Red lamp ONLY. NEVER use a white light for heat. White is very exciting, and can cause aggression. Red lighting allows for a normal sleep pattern.

7. Can the chicks survive without the use of a heat lamp? No.

8. In terms of size, not weight, how much smaller are the wilds (not jumbos) compared to the jumbos? Captive raised Bobs are much larger than their wild cousins, mostly due to breeding practices and being raised on a good diet.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Good luck!! :)
 

James the Bald

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Bobwhites will also go bonkers for fresh corn on the cobb. I took a whole ear and placed it inside their cage, and within a few hours, they cleaned it down to the cobb like it was nothing.
Oh, and just a recommendation, each bobwhite should have a minimum of 4 square feet per bird or they will fight. You are basically setting them up for a Battle Royale that they will instinctively partake in, leaving several birds bloody or dead.
James
 

Quails1

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Thanks for all the advice you gave me when I couldn't have known all these information. Thanks a million to all of you!
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Sandra I

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I just put 32 bobwhite quail eggs im my incubator. .Does anyone know if they need to be turned since the first day or not. Thanks. .
 

Quails1

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I just put 32 bobwhite quail eggs im my incubator. .Does anyone know if they need to be turned since the first day or not. Thanks. .
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So, as soon as you place the eggs into the incubator, they must be turned right away whether you're using an automatic egg turner or manually turning the eggs. So since it's the first day they're in, let the incubator do the job (unless you are turning the eggs by hand). If you're turning the eggs manually, move the eggs to their opposite position every few hours (so the developing embryo doesn't stick to one side of the eggshell. They should be turned at least about once to thrice a day, although in rare cases they may even hatch without being turned.). If you're using an automatic egg turner, just plug in the AC adapter and let the motor do its job! Also, this post should be in the "Incubating & Hatching Eggs" section.

Hope this info is helpful!
 
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Sandra I

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I shuld received the turner next week but I already put the eggs in the incubator but was wondering if they need to be turned since the first and if I do if open the incubator to turne them and because is first day will be affect them. .THANK YOU VERY MUCH.And for the advice where this post should be.
 

Quails1

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I shuld received the turner next week but I already put the eggs in the incubator but was wondering if they need to be turned since the first and if I do if open the incubator to turne them and because is first day will be affect them. .THANK YOU VERY MUCH.And for the advice where this post should be.
Since the first day, yes! As I mentioned in my previous post, the eggs must be turned as soon as they are put in the incubator. Opening the incubator will affect them, as quails' eggs are very delicate and the eggshells are relatively thin. When the incubator is opened, try to keep it open at the quickest time possible - don't leave it open for long! Keep it open for at most a really short amount of time. Be as quick as you can when opening it whether you're refilling the water, turning the eggs, etc. They crack easily, so you've got to be really careful when you're handling quail eggs; handle the eggs for as short as possible, making sure you wash your hands thoroughly WITHOUT soap before you even touch the eggs, as the chemicals and mixtures in the soap can kill the embryo (the eggshell of a quail's egg is very thin. Therefore, even a tiny crack in an egg should be discarded, as a crack in an eggshell of any sort can allow pathogens to enter into the egg and kill the developing baby.).

I hope all this info helps!
 
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