Coturnix Quail Questions

Discussion in 'Quail' started by TylerWaugh, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. TylerWaugh

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    1. Dust Bath Medium. Can i just use play sand or is there anything specific?

    2. If im building an outdoor pen for the dust bath could i bury a litter pan up to the top and fill it with the medium? Does anyone have a better method than that?

    3. Breeding Colony question. if i get 1 male 4-6 females would it be better for me to leave all birds together at once or circulate the females to give them a break from breeding?

    4. Growing foilage in the pen? i have very little room to build the pen but want to make it large as possible. if i built it over my berry garden would it be okay? i wouldn't eat the fruit anymore but i don't produce enough food to justify wasting the space for the garden anyways. there are strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black berries. would it be okay if they ate these things?

    5. I raise & breed mealworms for reptiles, could i free feed these or is there a max amount they could eat?

    6. i think after a while they will destroy all grass and stuff, can they eat wheatgrass (catgrass) then i could grow it outside of the pen and put post of grass in if they ruin the grass.

    7. is there a way to keep track of which eggs popped out of which female?

    Thanks! ill probably have more questions later.
     
  2. TylerWaugh

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    already thought of another question, ive heard stuff about keeping eggs cool for a set amount of days before incubation is this a required period or is it just for if you don't want to incubate the eggs right away?
     
  3. TwoCrows

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  4. TylerWaugh

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    Thanks!

    I was told 12 quails would consume 1 kilo of food every 3 days (Approx) do you think that is correct or not?


     
  5. TwoCrows

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    I have never weighed out how much food they eat each day. So I really have no idea. I would bet my birds each eat 1 or 2 tablespoons of feed a day?? It isn't much I know that. Maybe someone else will chime in here that has watched more closely than I have. :)
     
  6. TylerWaugh

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    Thanks for all your help.

    would a 8x8 cage be large enough for 15 jumbo type quails?

    I think i should do 2 male 13 female? does that seem right? Or should i do 3 male 12 female?

    Also will i get edible eggs in a cage with both males and females or only fertile eggs? I'm mostly wanting fertile eggs but would want to try the quail eggs.

    Should be my last questions! lol
     
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  8. GeneP

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    I have 33 laying Hens and 18 crowing Roos (including ones to butcher), regular size Coturnix quail. They just finished a 50# sack of Layer Crumbles in 12 days. My bird's consumption is a bit higher than the numbers you were told earlier. I budget 0.1 pound per adult bird per day, which is a bit high, but will compensate for variables in weather and waste.
     

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