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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Thegamekeeper, Nov 13, 2010.
Would 1 cock - 6 hens be alright for breeding ratio??
You can have up to 8 hens with no problems, probably more.
I thought CQ were monogamous?
Quote:Coturnix quail? Heck no! If you put a male with one female you'd probably end up with a dead hen.
Quote:You are probably thinking of BUTTON quail. They are monogamous.
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.
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.
" why do a lot of sites recommend 1:2 or 1:3 for high fertility?"
?? 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