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coturnix growth/size question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Akane, May 2, 2009.

  1. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I got my first egg today. [​IMG] Unfortunately I can't find my camera. I'll post a pic when I do. My quail really don't seem that big though and these are supposedly jumbos. I guess they are close to 8weeks. I set one of the bigger ones on the scale and got slightly under 6oz. Not impressive. I have been feeding them lower protein food. I can only get 22% gamebird here and that's the highest of anything I've looked at. I did supplement with cat food when they were little but it's too expensive to feed nearly 100 quail cat food. They already go through a 50lb bag of game bird feed in about a week with the help of the buttons. Are they just a bit behind and will continue to grow or not? I wasn't planning to butcher until the end of May anyway but got my eggs early.

  2. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    22% supplemented doesn't sound that bad... but if they are adult age (8 wks) at 6oz, then I would say you have Pharaoh's, not jumbo's.
  3. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    yeppers sounds like you got pharoahs sadly and I dont think that has anything to do with what you're feeding. Either someone knew and sold them to you as Jumbos when they are really pharoahs or the breeder had jumbos but didn't cull the smaller ones and hence you're left with offspring that reverted back [​IMG] 6oz is pharoah. [​IMG]
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    youll just get really small drum sticks [​IMG]

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