Discussion in 'Quail' started by Alwayswantchics, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. Alwayswantchics

    Alwayswantchics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2012
    Phelan, CA
    I am pretty sure that I have 6 bobwhite males. I also have 9 coturnix all different colors. Can I breed then together? In what ratio?
  2. thinkloically

    thinkloically Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2013
    I suggest that you do not mix the two breeds because that may mess up the DNA. Just keep the quail 1::3 (Male to Female)
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Do not mix Coturnix and Bobwhites. The Bobs are much more aggressive than the Cots and can injure them. So keep the different breeds of quail in their own quarters.

    Bobs are kept in pairs ONLY.

    Cots are kept 1 male to 4 to 7 females.
  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2013
    I don't know why so many people attempt to cross breed species. Not too long ago, one member wanted to breed a scale and a bobwhite. So, I did some research on cross breeding species, and found a very nice research paper. Here is a link to the results that I posted. I know what you're going to say, "but crosssing a bobwhite and a coturnix isn't listed". Yes, absolutely right, by rules, members are "prohibited" from linking to other sites similar to BYC, but to get this point across, here is a link that anyone trying to cross breed a bobwhite and a coturnix should read and heed. One would think that this would put an end to the "hybrid" discussion, but I doubt it.
  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    James and Twocrows covered it but I'm going to add a couple pennies

    Bob birds (coturnix bobwhite hybrid) have no purpose that can't be better fulfilled by a pure species. People have suggested to release them for hunting because they are mules (sterile) and won't become invasive however when you have put all that money into raising and growing them you would have been better off raising and releasing the species native to that area. Introduced gamebirds species almost never take hold when released in the wild in the US (ringneck/golden pheasants are the only real success story), most of the states in the union released tens of thousands of chukars each year back in the 50s and 60s and there are only a handful of established populations in the US localized to very small areas.

    Cant stress enough that the process required to breed them is not humane and is likely to end in the hen you use being killed or at least severely brutalized by her mate.
  6. UndergroundQuailRoad

    UndergroundQuailRoad Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 21, 2010
    The Bob birds "purpose" as a sterile species is such that it does not corrupt/weaken/alter the genetic material of the wild population by introducing inferior traits bred out of captive populations if a released bird happens to breed with wild populations.

    While I do think that we should do what is best for our animals, I do not think the brutalization of the mate is related to inter-species breeding as much as breeding an aggressive to a docile bird.

    I think a soon as we decide to play god we must shoulder the consequences and bring intelligent decision making to breeding rather than breeding on whims or laziness. If you have a reason to breed them together, then do so cautiously with intent, but if you really want more coturnix or more bobwhites, trade for appropriate genders or buy more as others have hinted...

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