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How much "bigger" are Texas A&M Jumbos?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dianneS, May 29, 2017.

  1. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bunch of white quail that I hatched. I was told that the eggs were from Texas A&M jumbo birds.

    I also have a few standard brown coturnix that I hatched from Stromberg's eggs.

    The white ones frankly aren't any bigger than the brown?

    I saw some "Jumbo" hatching eggs for sale on ebay recently and unless it's trick photography, holy cow! Those eggs are HUGE! :eek: None of mine lay eggs that big.

    So do I have Jumbos, or just white quail???
     
  2. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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    no idea.....;)
    does that help you? lol:plbb
     
  3. HUGHES555

    HUGHES555 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most standard coturnix quail get to about 8oz. The Jumbos are 10oz or more. As chicks you really can't tell which ones will be jumbos and which ones will be standard size. The jumbos do grow a little faster and you will see the difference at about 2 to 3 weeks. But you will not get all jumbos from the jumbo eggs only about half carry the jumbo gene (that I've noticed from my hatches). The texas A&M are also more aggressive than the standard or the jumbos browns from what I have noticed. Here is a good video that shows the difference at the end.
     
  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The breeders stock "may have been" jumbo at one time, but without selective breeding, the trait that produces the jumbo quail was lost.
     
  5. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great video!
    I definitely do not have any jumbos. My birds, nor eggs are that big.
     
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  6. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That could very well be what happened because my birds are definitely not jumbo.
     
  7. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hear jumbo quail can't be kept on wire, even coated wire because their added weight puts extra pressure on their feet and cuts them up leading to infection/bumblefoot. I also hear regular sized coturnix quail of having this problem but not as bad.

    I don't have experience with it as mine are either on the earth or newspaper with wood shavings on top but thought I should mention in case people with jumbos are having issues keeping them on wire :eek:
     
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    HUGHES555 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This can happen to any of them kept on wire. You need to keep some wood or something solid for them to get off the wire some. I like the solid floors cages better. I have both and I'm getting away from the wire. Its more work keeping the solid floor cages clean but I dont have to worry about bumblefoot. After you have delt with it a few times you will start thanking about getting solid floor cages. But I know some people that have no issues with the wire bottem cages.
     
  9. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can't use the 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth. I made my own cages using welded wire for the flooring.
     
  10. dianneS

    dianneS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My quail are in an aviary so I don't have to worry about the foot issues.
    Maybe I should try some jumbos, since I thought I was going to have some to begin with!

    Can you keep standard and jumbo together or will the big ones pick on the little ones?
     
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