I think I want to raise quail, tell me what I need to know first.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by MandyH, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I've got a 10x30 pen. I have never raised quail before but have had every other kind of bird imaginable. I am wanting to raise to sell for meat and to people wanting quail to train dogs with. I think I want bobwhite's so tell me the pros and cons before I get into this little adventure.
     
  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Pros: GREAT Flyers, have more meat (heavier), fun.
    Cons: Take a long time to get full weight, AGGRESSIVE( If you have 1 male with 3 hens that may work [​IMG]).
     
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  3. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:First off, Howdy Neighbor..... When I saw that avatar, I knew you were my kinda folk.......Hotty Toddy!!
    Seriously, Mandy.........go get some Red Bull......or 5-Hour-Energy's..........stay on this board, and read, read, read.........I promise you won't find better info in any book written than right here on this board. There's some very experienced and knowledgable folks on here...... (excluding me), and no matter what the question is, you'll get your answer pretty quick. Stay tuned... [​IMG]
     
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  4. Robo

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    Quote:More like 3 hens to a cock or less. Pairs seem to be the best way. If you want to sell a lot of meat + eggs and very efficiently go with coturnix. If you want the best tasting and best flying go with a bobwhite. Coturnix take 6-8 weeks to lay while bobwhites take 22+ weeks. The downside to coturnix is that they suck at flying, but make good doggie chew toys. They are also great pets if you don't have the heart to kill them.[​IMG]
     
  5. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
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    OKKK... so I better keep them like that! Thanks! [​IMG]
     
  6. Robo

    Robo Songster

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    Any more than three hens to a cock and fertility won't be that good. Pairs are the best way I have found, but many people have sucess in colonies trios, ext.
     
  7. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Right now mine are in colonies, but soon they will be in pairs!! [​IMG]
     
  8. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Can I do a bunch of pairs together in that big ole pen?
     
  9. joe125

    joe125 Songster

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    You can do what ever you like in the big pen!

    Is that 10 feet by 30 feet or 10 inches by 30 inches?

    It really depends, and a 10 foot by 30 foot pen is....OVERCOMPENSATING...at best
     
  10. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Well I've got a 10ftx30ft and two 10ftx20ft coops that are empty right now.
     

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