How is quail care different from chickens?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Peregrine, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Peregrine

    Peregrine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were just given 3 pairs of quail (we were told they are Texas A & M; they are white with a touch of brown on the backs of their heads) and I have so many questions on their care. We've had chickens for many years, so we have some experience. But instead of browsing this amazing website for hours and hours (and getting sidetracked with so much interesting information), I thought I'd put my main questions in one place. Can anybody tell me...

    Can quail eat the same layer feed as chickens?
    How many males can be with how many females?
    How do you tell males and females apart?
    Are their eggs significantly different than chicken eggs (besides smaller)?
    What is the incubating time/temp./humidity?
    Can I make any money selling the eggs/chicks locally?
    How many square feet does each bird need?
    How do you dress them when they are so small?
    What is the best way to eat the eggs? Like any other egg?
    Can they be in a coop with the chickens?
    How old are they when they're "full-grown"?

    Any help anyone could give me would be very much appreciated. I'm excited about trying something new..and the price was just right! [​IMG]
     
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  2. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Be careful feeding males Layer Feed. It contains too much calcium for the males and can destroy their kidneys.
     
  4. Peregrine

    Peregrine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, SeptemberQuail! What a wonderfully thorough answer! What I meant by dressing them was cleaning them once they are butchered. Although I wouldn't put it past my 10 yr. old daughter to try to stick some doll clothes on one! [​IMG] And I loved your video, too!

    How would you feed males and females separately? Can I get starter feed or grower/finisher feed and put in some oyster shell for the female? Would that have the right nutrient content to promote egg-laying?
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Many people feed starter feed to quail all through out their lives. I feed either a starter or a conditioning feed, depending on what I can get. Starter will have more protein than other feeds. Always make sure to offer crushed oyster shell on the side for the girls and you won't have any trouble. The girls will eat it when they need it.
     

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