Hello, I need info on quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ducky 13, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This year I have decided to try quail. But I new before I get them I need info on them. Questions I am hoping to get answered

    What breed is best for:
    Shows, Eggs, or Meat

    Do the hens take layer pellets or need to?

    What breeds are best for beginners?

    Do they need a certain type of feed?

    Can they live both inside and outside?

    How many eggs do they lay in a year?

    Do they go broody?

    What breed is known for broodiness?

    How long does it take for hens to start laying?

    How long do eggs have to incubate?

    What temperature is recommended for incubating quails eggs?
     
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Before you start you should be aware that chickens are resistant to many diseases that they often carry their entire lives without symptoms, but those same diseases are fatal to quail and some can cause 100% mortality. You will need to make sure they don't come into contact with each other at all, you use separate equipment between each species, and you wash your hands and arms after doing chicken chores before you work with your quail.

    There are no tests or cures for diseases like coryza, MG, and blackhead, and once a bird has one of them it will carry and transmit that disease for life. Those are three of the most common but aren't by any means the only diseases chickens can pass to quail.
     
  3. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for the info

    More questions I might ask

    What kind of housing should be used

    What brand/structure of housing is the best to use
     
  4. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cages with either wire floors or a bed of gravel covered in a few inches sand are the best options for substrate. Quail are typically from arid climates so they don't do well with any sort of wet or damp soil (this is why sand is recommended for not wire floored cages). Wire cages are easier to clean up after, and remove some of the likely hood for birds contracting parasites and helps mitigate the spread of disease (should you encounter one). The wire should be 1/2"x 1/2" at the largest. If the holes are any bigger raccoons will be able to pull quail out of them. If you can fit a nickel through a space a raccoon can pull an adult quail through it (in pieces obviously).

    This portion of the forum is entirely dedicated to cages, coops, and runs. If you want to look at quail specific stuff do an advanced search and make sure to select the quail section only.
     
  5. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you
     
  6. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That pointed me right back to this forum
    :/
     
  7. Invision

    Invision Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the point, info has been repeated a hundred times. Just takes a few seconds to find the care sheet. Always youtube :)
     
  8. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It looks just like this forum but read the red letters at the top.
     
  9. ducky 13

    ducky 13 Chillin' With My Peeps


    oops! I meant they pointed me back to this forum.
    :D

    i made a thread on the forum and they told me it was for chickens
     
  10. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

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