Buttons or Coturnix?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by playswithfowl, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

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    I was wondering which do you think would be easier for a beginner in quail? My only other experience with quail is raising Bobwhite for dog training a few years ago. I am going to take them to my county fair, Looking for one with white meat (preferably) and decent egg layer. Also, would the males 'crowing' bother neighbors more than chicken hens or are they pretty quiet, are houses aren't right next to each other either we have between 1/2 and 3/4 acres.
    Thanks--PWF
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:Coturnix hands down....calmer, sweeter, and edibleer lol!

    that far of a distance coturnix wont be any louder than a normal singing bird.


    Coturnix [​IMG]
     
  3. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
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    I agree with Niki. Buttons are cute but worthless. If you are breeding for different colors and to sell them, then that's one thing. If you want QUAIL quail, then the jumbos can't be beat.
     
  4. elliemay0305

    elliemay0305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i prefer button. but i dont eat them so i dont know about that. I seem to be able to raise button easier than coturnix. i also keep my button in the house in a small cage like a rabbit/guinea pig cage. i love to hear them but i dont hear them very often. maybe you should try both!! [​IMG] they are all cute!!
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:that's right Cindy, lets make another coturnix quail freak [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  6. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dutch Flat, CA
    I agree, definitely coturnix... button arent really for eating just decoration and they are very skittish and hard to do anything with but look at. Eggs are good but coturnix you can eat, handle easier and they lay.


    Nancy
     
  7. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Quote:that's right Cindy, lets make another coturnix quail freak [​IMG] [​IMG]

    ANOTHER ONE? Haven't we done enough LOL?! Honestly, I have close to 40 buttons and they are cute but the jumbos are TASTY and the eggs are wonderful and plentiful. I have a hard time paying for feed for something that doesn't recoup my money. The jumbos are well worth the money, time, and effort. I should say the larger quail, not just the jumbos. I know Niki has some very nice looking species!

    Oh and Nancy you're right - the larger quail are much less skittish and friendlier than the buttons!
     
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  8. playswithfowl

    playswithfowl One Earth!

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    Well then, sounds like Coturnix are the way to go then [​IMG] which ones have white meat? Are they fairly easy to hatch? I'm getting excited now! Who all has ones that have white meat?
     
  9. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:A & Ms and English Whites have white meat [​IMG] However don't be put off by the ones that do not, the jumbo browns have "dark meat" however theres many who can tell you that their meat when layed against true dark meat birds looks white. I dont like dark meat, yet I LOVE normal coturnix meat. I've never eaten A & Ms yet, they are all my breeders [​IMG].

    Cindy breeds the Jumbo browns (lilralphieroosmama) AND she has buttons too [​IMG]

    I have a small assortment penned up according to color but im not selling just yet, as they're not all laying yet. [​IMG]


    oh and about easy to hatch YES! [​IMG] As long as your incubator is decient you shouldnt have any problems. [​IMG] 18 days incubation max normally. Some can hatch as early as 15 days! [​IMG]
     
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  10. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My vote is for Coturnix too. I raise both, buttons for the bottoms of my aviary and to sell, and i just started with the Coturnix for egg/meat production for my family. Thus far they are sweeter, calmer, less "Poppy". Open the buton quail cage and "POP" one gets out, haha!
     

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