In what order would you go?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by saddina, May 8, 2009.

  1. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    So I've been reasearching/reading for months now on various poultry. Hubby, being a man who knows to get outta the way and let me do things my way (love that trait in a man), suggested we simply buy a house outside the city so I can raise more livestock/gardens (told you he was a keeper). [​IMG] We're teachers at a charter school, so 80% of our days we work from a home office.

    Right now, we're still in town, which limits us to 5 "crowing fowl" which includes chickens, ducks, geese, guienas & turkeys. Currently there are 3 hens in the coop. We're plnning on adding one type of animal at a time, so that we're not overwhelmed with overadding on. [​IMG]

    Planned fowl:
    Quail
    Muscovy ducks
    Heritage Turkeys
    Geese
    more chickens
    perhaps guneas?

    [​IMG] and a really solid incubator. Ideally I'd raise 1-2 breeds of each sort, and inprove the flock while the culls would hit the dinner plate.

    I'm thinking of adding quail next month, but it'll be summer, which means 100+ days, every day.[​IMG] Can they take the heat like that?

    In what order would you add in? easiest > hardest? Large pens are an option, but coyotes are thick outside of town, so I'm not so sure on free range, even with more room.

    Plusses, minuses, pitfalls, things you wish you did differently?
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    theres a lady that has coturnix quails in AZ on here they pant a lot but she's finding ways to make it work to keep her birds cool and theres many in CA with coturnix quails so i think you'd be fine! [​IMG]
     
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Dont mind her she is a Cortunix pusher yeah I mixed up some of the letters lol
    Be carefull its an addiction there sooooooo cute
     
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  4. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    I know she is, I read alot more than I post, read all 30-some pages of the quail sticky, it's how they got onto the list. Cute or not, they're bite sized and years of biology classes have made butchering easy. I may go A&M as hubby's into white meat, but I could just as easily do both in 4 pens, and then raise more of what he wants to eat.
    Right now only the 3 cats and 2 pet bunnies have immunity from the oven.
     
  5. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Your list order looks fine to me

    the quail are easy and don't take much room
    Muscovies are also easy and just about maintenance free
    turkeys take more work to get started but once going are easy
    we like our geese but they eat alot and can be noisy

    For the incubator go for a GQF Sportsman you can't go wrong there

    Steve in NC
     
  6. Florida chick

    Florida chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2008
    LOVED our GQF!
    I have to say Muscovies are the easiest, and breed like crazy.... TOO WELL> We had to sell off hundreds last year. I finally got out of them as they were just everywhere and always flying into horse waters etc. We had hens hatching 25 ducklings at a time!
    I LOVE our Peas...
    We had turkeys and Guineas.... They just weren't for me.. the Guineas were fun to watch but drove everyone insane.
     
  7. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Hmm, hundreds? I figuered we could happily eat 30-50 ducks a year. Still not too bad, keep some for us, and put the babies up for sale. There's a good size asian population in town, so getting rid of extra ducks may be easy.

    Some of our friends own restruants, I wonder what we'd need to do to sell to them legally?
     
  8. rachel

    rachel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm one of the ladies that keeps coturnix quail in AZ. [​IMG] This is my first year with the quail, it's pretty obvious that they're going to be uncomfortable, but I'm sticking open frozen water bottles on top of fabric and that keeps them from panting in 105 degree weather, but it's definitely extra work. I think I'm going to do some experimenting with fans.
    While all the chickens and quail are panting the muscovies are walking around like it's 75 degrees. They have great personalities, will hatch all kinds of eggs for you and from what I hear, good meat.
    I'd do muscovies next, and when one goes broody you can buy fertile eggs and use her as an incubator to hatch out more chickens/ducks etc.
     
  9. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
  10. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA

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