How long can quail be left unattended?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by encoreman, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. encoreman

    encoreman Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 20, 2015
    On the edge, Tn.
    Hi all, we want to start raising bobwhites and I have searched for the answer. If adequate feed and water are available about how long can they be left unattended? I am referring to adult birds. We don't have anyone that can tend to them and don't want to be tied down. Thanks for the help, Mac.
  2. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    If you don't want to be tied down, why on earth would you want to have the responsibility of keeping animals. ALL pets or livestock deserve regular care. If you were to have a disease outbreak, the entire flock could be dead in a matter of days!
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2016
  3. coturnix condos

    coturnix condos Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 26, 2016
    Vancouver wa
    I have a 5 gallon bucket of water with the water nipples a 3 gallon bucket with nipples and 3 quart feeders. They are good with all of that for a week but I still check on them daily. You never know what could go wrong. I have 21 coturnix.
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    In N.H.,Tony.
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    On one of the threads, a friend of mine tells the story of what happened when her nipple waterers became plugged and stopped working. She figured it out before any hens died. But, one of them was so far gone with dehydration, she did not recover and died despite intensive first aid.....

    So I agree with CC, they must be checked on at least once a day.
  6. Gatewayto

    Gatewayto Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2016
    Battle Ground WA
    So not jumping to conclusion, I may understand what encoreman wanted to ask:

    We just started having pets "quails and chickens" for about 2 months now, and will be heading out to our first in a couple of weeks. We will be gone for 3 days and unable to find a free sitter for our pets. While the feeding/water system will hold for more than 3 days, we are still concern about their well being.

    As the other posters above me had stated, they are animal/pet/livestock etc.. they should be checked on a daily base when all possible. Injury and accident can happens at any moment.

    If you are confidents in your feeding/water system and can remove the injury/accident factor from your mind (basically not worry about them) then they can be left alone as long as there are water/food and a "clean" living area. A "clean" living area maybe your problem. We clean our wired floor cage (5x3x2 feet) with 7 quails once a week, no cleaning is needed really until we can't stand the odor. Our solid floor cage with 7 quails require cleaning every 5 days at most, but we do clean it daily since we do not want poopy eggs.

    To answer your question directly, to me, my currently system can last up a week at most before I'm super concern due to their droppings.

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