Might be getting Coturnix! Tips?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Classroom Quail, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Classroom Quail

    Classroom Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello BYC! I'm a quail fan that might be getting some Coturnix quail. [​IMG]
    I've done about 4 pages of thorough research on them, but was wondering what sort of tips you BYC people might have for me. My situation for raising them is... unusual. See, the idea is to raise them at a school for a more interesting approach to learn color genetics (looking into whether I need a permit). My plan for an aviary and some holding cages are pretty simple, and I'll get pics up later. I'm planning on a 10 x 10 foot aviary with a 7 foot high ceiling. 3 of the four walls would have holding cages on them. There would be 34 2 x 2 cages and 30 1 x 1 cages. The maximum capacity is theoretically 157 birds. The main aviary (used for a breeding pen) would have lots of ground cover, nest supplies and areas for dust bathing. Thoughts, ideas, critiques and tips appreciated. [​IMG]
     
  2. marksouth

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    I don't know but I think a quail in a 1x1 cage is going to be an unhappy bird. Any way to rethink that and give them a little more room? I think three quail in a 1x3 would be happier birds if space is an issue. If breeding and genetics are the goal that might not be feasible if you need to know which egg came from which hen. I guess my birds are more on the pet than project side so I'm biased.
     
  3. Classroom Quail

    Classroom Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The minimum space requirement for a coturnix is apparently 1 square foot. The 1 x 1 cages are single bird cages for roosters or for any hens that didn't get along with each other and needed to be away from each other. The majority of the birds will be in 2 x 2 cages together. And knowing which egg came from which hen wouldn't be needed because they wouldn't be in with a rooster the whole time. The idea of the smaller cages is to be able to control breeding and inbreeding. I might be able to get them more room, but I'll have to look into that.
     
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  4. marksouth

    marksouth Out Of The Brooder

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    The way I've read the 1x1 space requirements were always referencing how many birds to a larger cage. Quail are very social birds and my birds covy together in a small knot often but have room to spread out when needed. PM twocrows and ask her about it, she's been around quail a long time and can give the best answer on this site in my opinion, along with jamesthebald.
     
  5. Classroom Quail

    Classroom Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, thanks. [​IMG]
     
  6. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Classroom Quail

    Classroom Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the welcome! [​IMG]

    Anyway, I think you might be right about the holding cages. There is enough room to make them bigger (measured the space today), so that shouldn't be a problem. Expanding as we progress is also definitely an option, but it depends on how many people can come to volunteer to help build at what days and times. Do you have any ideas on how much space to start with? I do have an incubator lying around somewhere, but it's pretty small. A brooder shouldn't be too hard at all, but I'm still working on designing that. Those pictures will help a lot! The two week thing is something I wasn't aware of, I'll make a note of that. How much cage space would you recommend for a single rooster? (apologies for all these questions, I want to be sure everything is done correctly)

    Thank you for the tips! [​IMG]
     
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  8. marksouth

    marksouth Out Of The Brooder

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    A conversation with James brought to mind 'The Coturnix Revolution' which can be found on Amazon, a great resource for you in this project. Bet it will answer most of your questions and then some.
     
  9. Classroom Quail

    Classroom Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I found that book today! I'm thinking of ordering it.
     
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  10. Classroom Quail

    Classroom Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    By the way, what do I use for banding them? Zip Ties?
     

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