courtnix Quial Question

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by whitecra, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Oklahoma
    I have 4 week old Courtnix and I was wondering how do you tell the hens from the roos. Also how old are they when they start to lay eggs?
    Chris
     
  2. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    The hens have more speckles on their breast.

    They should start laying around 8 weeks bit this time of year it may take longer.
     
  3. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    males red to rusty breast (pretty much like a robin), hens have a black spotty speckled breast. Heres a picture example :[​IMG]
    ^ Hen on left male on right


    However 4 week old males wont look as rusty in the chest as these do, these quail are 6 weeks old here.

    and heres another picture of two males:
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    if your quail are outside, you wont get eggs until spring unless you have them under artifical lighting and perferably warmer temps than winter temps. If you have htem indoors you could have eggs as soon as 6 weeks, but it seems that 8 weeks is more the norm.

    ^ wait a min youre in OK...i have no idea what the winter temps are like there, however even if it's warm if theres less day light around this tiem of year then your quail wont lay unless you have atleast i think it's 14 hours a day of light on them.
     
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  4. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Oklahoma
    They are in the garage with a heat lamp on them right now. Can they stay outside in the winter? I need to get them moved to a bigger pen before long but wasn't sure if they could handle being without a light yet. This is my frist time to have quail. Thanks for the info.
    Chris
     
  5. linebacker

    linebacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure you wean them off the heat slowly. You could shock them if you moved them outdoors too quickly in fall temperatures. I keep mine in a garage without any heat source; however, I am using overhead lights to simulate 16 hr daylight conditions.

    Just my $.02
    Brad
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I agree with Brad, this time of year is a little scary to put any type of bird outside just off of the heat lamps. If it was me I wouldnt do it. I'd just start moving the heat lamp a few inches higher away from the chicks every other day (if this was me) until it's so far away that the quail have to huddle to keep warm. But i'd keep them in the garage over most of the winter if it was me unless your outdoor cage/pen/hutch has a shelter area that completely blocks out the wind.

    When I put my quail outside they were 4 weeks old, however it was too hot in my house for them (they were actually panting) so moving them outside they actually enjoyed the cooler weather, it wasnt too cool somedays it still go up into the 70s but the nights were cool. My quail molted twice after i put them outside, so imagine how cold your quail would be if you put em out and they started to do the molts im talking about not too good i'd say! [​IMG] What i'd do too after i took the heat lamp completely off the birds is pick one up and flip it's feathers up to look at the quils of the feathers if they are dark blue (like ink) in color then that's their blood feathers, it means their feathers aren't fully in yet and they aren't fully able to keep themselves warm enough to combat really really cool temps. Again id ont knwo what OK is like temp wise, but i wouldnt put four week old quail in anything lower than 50 F if i could help it.

    DO what you think is best for your birds and what works for you but just be very realistic about the temps and their feather development is all i can say. [​IMG]

    I have my quail in a very large rabbit hutch, it has a large outdoor wire part, and a nice sized indoor part (basically like a built in dog box) I then put a heavy duty tarp around the whole thing almost down to the ground of the legs to keep a ton of drafts from flying up through the wire floor of the outdoor part. They're doing wonderful in it...however I "winterized" them as many say. I'd love to raise more coturnix quails this year however i stopped after my last batch because I would be really scared to put any more birds outside this time of year but that's me.

    Hope this helps give you some considerations [​IMG]
    niki
     

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