Breeding ratio for coturnix quail.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Thegamekeeper, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Thegamekeeper

    Thegamekeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    Would 1 cock - 6 hens be alright for breeding ratio??

    Thanks
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yes

    You can have up to 8 hens with no problems, probably more.
     
  3. awesomefowl

    awesomefowl Argues with Goats

    I thought CQ were monogamous?
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Coturnix quail? Heck no! If you put a male with one female you'd probably end up with a dead hen.
     
  5. Thegamekeeper

    Thegamekeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks shelley. [​IMG]
     
  6. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You are probably thinking of BUTTON quail. They are monogamous.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:X2
     
  8. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2

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    I know I'm the 3rd rail in coturnix breeding, but I have some pens with 1 roo to 7 hens, and others all the way down to 1 to 1. It really depends on on your birds personalities/pen space, and about 20 other factors, most of which are usually overlooked by the quail.
     
  9. Omniskies

    Omniskies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just out of curiosity, if they can take a 1:7-8 ratio, why do a lot of sites recommend 1:2 or 1:3 for high fertility?

    I've been experimenting with my birds with a 1:5 ratio (everything looks great so far) and wanted to keep pushing to see how few males I really needed in the pen. I always feel awful for the banged up girls, plus I would really prefer having fewer males to feed and take up space.
     
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    " why do a lot of sites recommend 1:2 or 1:3 for high fertility?"

    ?? INEXPERIENCE??
    ?? LACK OF KNOWLEDGE??
    ?? JUST PLAIN STUPID??
    ?? WANTS TO SELL YOU MORE BIRDS OR FEED??

    AND THE LIST GOES ON FROM THERE...

    FOR THE MOST PART 1:5 IS CONSIDERED BY MOST TO BE IDEAL, DEPENDING ON YOUR LOVER BOY IT CAN BE OK, TOO MANY, OR NOT ENOUGH, OR JUST RIGHT
     

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