California Quail???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Brownie101, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. Brownie101

    Brownie101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am going to be raising my own quail in January and i am wondering what breed would be best for me to keep. i would like nice lookingbirds and will only be keeping a pair. btw, i am new to BYC!
     
  2. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Many kinds of quail would do fine in pairs and look nice. Some I can think of are bobwhite variations, gambels, mearns, California and mountain. California would be a good choice as long as your state allows you to own them.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I have no experience with quail, so I can't help you much. I suggest posting in the Quail section of these forums: Quail There should be lots of quail people who can help you decide what quail is best for you![​IMG]
     
  4. Brownie101

    Brownie101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have checked all the regulations and they should be fine. would they be O.K. in a 25 square foot enclousure as long as i let them out every day? (i intend to keep them as pets... friendly pets)
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC, sorry I don't know about quail either. The folks on the quail thread should be able to answer your questions.
     
  6. Brownie101

    Brownie101 Out Of The Brooder

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    oops!
     
  7. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    25 sq feet would be fine for a pair of quail. What do you mean by let them out everyday?
     
  8. Brownie101

    Brownie101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a large back yard so I would let them roam around under my super vision for a few minuits each day. is that a good idea.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  10. StewedMammal

    StewedMammal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know. It would be very risky for a few reasons. One, even though they will be tamed, they will possibly try to fly or run away anyways. Two, a simple bird flying over them may cause them to hide and disappear. Third, from an experience, I had some coturnix quail who I let out for their first time one day, they were grazing happily in the grass. One of them was about 5-8 feet away from me and in less than 2 seconds, a hawk dropped out of nowhere and flew off with the quail. The hawk knew I was there, but he went for the bird anyway even when I was in kicking distance from him. That said, if you were to let them out in the yard without some sort of pen to cover them, you'd literally have to stand over them to prevent any bad things from happening to them.
     

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