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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Quailraiser22, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. Quailraiser22

    Quailraiser22 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought my quail and put them in the wire cage i built i have 2 males and 10 hens and some quail are eating feed like crazy and feed is flying everywhere. and some of them are sitting in the feeder flying feed all over their feathers. also they have a bare spot on their backs someone told me this is from breeding is it true?
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes roosters mate on their backs, and their feet scratch the feathers off their back they will loose some on their necks too.
     
  3. Quailraiser22

    Quailraiser22 Out Of The Brooder

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    So how can i sex them,someone told me if they crow they are males i know this is true,but is there any way i could sex them visually they are all 6+weeks old
     
  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    What kind of quail are they , Could you post pictures?
     
  5. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    six weeks might be hard for us to tell the sex. but we might me able to tell by looking the difference between them. got pictures?
     
  6. Quailraiser22

    Quailraiser22 Out Of The Brooder

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    Its getting late here ill try to get some pictures tomorrow. and they are Coturnix quail
     
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
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    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. Quailraiser22

    Quailraiser22 Out Of The Brooder

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    Alright im having some trouble. i bought them 20% protein feed chicken starter/grower but it also said for quail. i read on here that if they arent getting enough protein they will peck.also do i have to buy them grit or sand? all im giving them now is feed and water
     
  9. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your feed flying every where is due to the wrong feeder. What your birds are doing is "dust bathing" in your feeder! I use these....

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/covered_plastic_feeder.html

    These are great for small numbers of birds too.

    http://www.amazon.com/Miller-Manufacturing-9808-6-Inch-Poultry/dp/B000HHNYOK

    Think about putting a small tupperware about 1/2 full of sand. The birds will go crazy and love ya for it.



    Yes, the bare spots are from being mounted, sometimes lesser males are mounted in the same manner.
     
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2012
  10. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    what species of quail are they?
    i use kitty litter pans for my Coturnix . The majority of feed stays i the pan and they bathe in it without any real loss of feed in the process
    Quail NEED 26-30% protein to their feed.They also should NOT be fed anything that's medicated as quail are sensitive to it.
    Feed a UNmedicated GAMEBIRD STARTER crumble .As well as crushed oyster shell for calcium. They need this to keep their bones strong and for healthy eggshell production.
    If you can't find Gamebird starter ,UNmedicated turkey starter feed and chopped kale and brocoli added DAILY should suffice.Kale and Brocoli are both 45% protein
     

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