How Many Bobwhites For This Space?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jumbocoturnix, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. jumbocoturnix

    jumbocoturnix Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I have a quail pen 5' L x 3' W x 2' H. I have three questions:


    1) How many Bobwhites should I purchase and not have issues w/ space?

    2) Plus, how about ratio? Example 2 males & 2 females?

    3) Are Bobwhites the same as Coturnix Quails with 1 male w/ 3-5 females?


    Much appreciation and thank you!
     
  2. backyardfarmer6

    backyardfarmer6 New Egg

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    1) I would think 1 male to 2 females in your quail pen as bobwhites are aggressive birds and will hurt each other.I bought bobwhites from a person that simply lost interest in keeping care of them and most of the bobwhites heads was so beaten up to the point where they have an indent and I could see their skull. You maybe could add another female to the pen.Just watch them for awhile and see if their is any aggression if their is then take a female out.
    2) In the wild the ratio is 1:1 but in cages it can be 1:3. If you want to have fertile eggs though your fertility will be more higher if the ratio is 1:1 and it is also a higher chance for the female to hatch them, but you can get a fertility rate of 80% with 1:3.
    3) Yes they are just more aggressive I would keep the ratio at a minimum of 3.

    Bobwhites are such beautiful birds I could listen to their call all day!

    sorry if that was alot of information i just want to make sure you are getting the answers you wanted [​IMG]
     
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  3. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    You may want to add if you are thinking of having a trio put them in at the same time.If you have a pair that has been in the pen for 3 or 4 weeks,there may be an intrusion issue.An established pen will defend against any new comers.
    The state also has requirements for bobwhites,plus you may need a permit to raise them.
    1( a trio will work nicely,but then again state requirements will make a difference.
    2)1 male to 2 or 3 hens at the most for that space.
    3)Bobwhites are more aggressive,but given enough space you can run up to 10 hens to a male.
    If you give them straw you will see the male build a nest to try and coax the hen into his pad.
    Bobwhites and all gamebirds should be fed a gamebird crumble,layer crumble or pellet is not good for gamebirds as a main feed.They also love wild bird seed,fruits,veggies,mealworms,crickets and most insects.They should also be wormed 2 times per year.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
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  4. jumbocoturnix

    jumbocoturnix Out Of The Brooder

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    In regards, "Bobwhites and all gamebirds should be fed a gamebird crumble,layer crumble or pellet is not good for gamebirds as a main feed.", what brand and how to feed Bobwhite starting from Day 1 to maturity? Main purpose is meats, eggs & breeding. I would greatly appreciate your help.


    Thank you so much!
     
  5. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    gamebird/turkey finish grower is what is available here.It comes in a crumble and pellet,but I recommend crumble for all quail.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     

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