how many quail cages should I make?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cupman, May 10, 2011.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Hi, I haven't started my quail experience yet but I think it might happen this summer sometime. I plan on buying an incubator and hatching a lot of eggs at once(I think the incubator I was looking at said 140 quail eggs). My main purpose for the quail would be the meat and I plan on keeping some for eggs. I am thinking I'll probably start with the coturnix breed. So my questions are: If I plan on having 100 or so birds at once, should I build 2 separate cages to hold the males and the females? Also, I plan on producing my own eggs to keep the cycle going in the incubator, do I need any kind of third cage to put the males and the females both in so the eggs can be fertilized? Thanks.
  2. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Hi there


    you have big plans there

    well adult quails will need 1ft square per bird if you plan to keep as a colony and you will need 1 male for avery 7 females this will give you a good fertility rate .

    if you want a higher fertility rate you may need to buitl breeding cages , i am not sure about the size but it has to be enough to hold 1 male to 4 females .

    I keep the extra males separate for meat purposes .

    if you hatch your own eggs consider you will get 50 -50 males - females ratio

    baby quails cannot be sexed
  3. Ga.chickenman

    Ga.chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    Two pens will do to start with but unless there really big pen you will need more soon!! [​IMG]
    And with the numbers your talking, several brooder also.
    Good luck.. [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    50 +/- 10 OUGHT TO BE A GOOD START [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 10, 2011
  5. kerry 2138

    kerry 2138 Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    Santa Fe
    I started with 54 last march and by early july had hatched 1200. Build lots of cages if you are going to hatch bunches.For meat birds our cages are 4 ft wide and 2ft 6 inches 12 to 16 inches high we raise 50 to 60 birds in each. the cages are hung from the ceiling with porch swing chain from lowes. For breeding cages we use 18 inch by 36 inch cages for 15 birds 3 males and 12 females. We made rollout cages for the breeders and the egg layers. this makes collecting the eggs very easy.I assemble the cages in groups of four so I can use the sides for 2 cages. The tops and sides and backs are either 1 inch by 2 inch our 1 inch by 1 inch depending on whether it is used for meat or eggs. i use 1 by 1/2 for the bottoms.They are assembled using cage clips.
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    You need a minimum of .75 sq. ft. per bird depending on the size of the cage. Also, 7 hens per roo is too many, 5 is the most recommended for best fertility.
  7. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Quote:Yup! There is no such thing as...TO MUCH PEN SPACE!

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