chickens to quail

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kwarnol, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. kwarnol

    kwarnol Hatching

    Nov 5, 2014
    Ive raised chickens for several years now and im gonna start raising quail next spring. Im probly going to start with pharos may eventually get bobwhites. My questions are
    how many breeding pair do I need to be able to butcher 100 in the year may-september?
    I want to raise all natural as mush as possibe. I have an old chicken coop/tractor I thought of modifying for quail but do quail eat as much grass as chickens do. It is simi movabe but not an easy task. I dont want to move it around as much like I had to with my chickens. And when they are full size do they still need heat lamp outside during winter months?
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    A bobwhite hen will lay approximately 100 eggs during the breeding season. They are seasonal layers, laying spring through fall, however you can force laying during the winter months with added lighting. Bobs do not brood and hatch their own eggs, so you will need to do this yourself.

    Bobs are not mature and ready for the table until they are 3 months of age and do not start breeding or laying until 6 months to 1 year old. You might consider Coturnix quail instead. They are mature at 8 or 9 weeks of age, are laying and ready for butchering. Bobs are great tasting, but because they mature so slowly, they are generally not raised for eating.

    Quail are not big grass eaters. They will nibble, but will not tear up the land like chickens. But you will still need to move the tractor for hygiene purposes.

    Good luck and welcome to our flock!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014
  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Good luck with your quail!
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I don't know anything about quail, so I can't be much help. Good luck with them!
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about quail (never had any), but definitely post on our quail link that Kelsie2290 left you with, and take advantage of our quail experts there. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Good luck with your quail!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You have gotten some very good info on quail, so I will just say "Welcome to Backyard chickens."

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