Coturnix in PA

Discussion in 'Quail' started by CrestedTern, Nov 26, 2010.

  1. CrestedTern

    CrestedTern Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey All!!

    I'm considering raising some Coturnix quail this spring and I'm starting to put together some information about how to keep and raise them.

    Everything that I've found so far says that they have to be raised in a covered pen (which makes sense) and they need a higher protein feed but otherwise it sounds a lot like raising chickens, am I right??

    My chickens were recently moved into the barn in a remodeled horse stall (put wire around the top of it up to about 6inches from the top). They are right on the floor and I'll be laying sawdust and then pulling it out and replacing it every few months... Would this work the same for the quail?

    I'm planning on...
    1) starting them in a plywood brooder with a heat lamp and increasing the size as needed
    2) moving them to a tractor-type enclosure that I can move around the yard and...
    3) putting them into an enclosed stall with lights for the winter.

    Depending on what other people think I may skip the second step and move them right into the barn... The chickens will be free-ranging all next summer.

    Thanks for any input!
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:FOR BASIC INFO GO TO THE STICKY AT THE TOP OF THIS SECTION AND READ COTURNIX QUAIL BASICS
     
  3. CrestedTern

    CrestedTern Out Of The Brooder

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    Soo after looking more (I'm impatient and posted before I did all my research...) I like the idea of wire cages raised up off the ground but I'm not sure if the quail will be protected enough... we get a LOT of snow and COLD!! How much protection do the little critters need? Perhaps not as much as I think...
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Elevated Wire Cages Covered With Poly Tarp Will Be Fine. If You Have Read Coturnix Quail Basics The Writer Was A Quail Breeder In Pennsylvania Look Closely At Some Of The Pics And You'll See Wire Cages Covered With Poly Tarps
     
  5. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    They need 28% protein.
     
  6. CrestedTern

    CrestedTern Out Of The Brooder

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    Cool...

    Is the 28% feed for chicks or is that good for all ages? I've found everything from using regular chicken feed to using special gamebird or 24-26% feeds throughout life.

    These guys will be for meat and eggs so I'll need something to feed them long-term.
     
  7. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    I feed mine 30% purina from chick to adult. The more protein the better.
     
  8. JJMR794

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    Quote:STARTER FOR LIFE!
     
  9. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Yep, they get fat and lay good.
     
  10. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i feed southern states gamebird starter crumbles it's 28%
     
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