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Montezuma quail...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Missi, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. Missi

    Missi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are GORGEOUS! Does anyone keep them in captivity? Are they permitted to be kept? Anyone know?
     
  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes there are a few people that raise them.They are very pricey little buggers.Also known as mearns.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    saw a pair for sale on bidbird about 800
     
  4. birdboy508

    birdboy508 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i know a guy whos selling mears for 300$ a pair.
     
  5. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    I heard they are hard to incubate artificially. Bidbird has some but they are pricey. $300 are not too bad.
     
  6. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are little beauties!

    And were lucky enough to see them in the wild not far from us.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    My Understanding Incubation Is Not The Difficulty Its Rearing, They Are Specialty Speces Designed By Nature To Fit A Certain Niche... In The Wild The Primarily Dig And Scavenge Insects. So Starting Hatchlings Can Be Very Exasperating. They Are 1 Of 2 Speces In That Category, The Other Is The Oscillated Quail~ Both Very Very Similar In Appearance And Needs. These Are A Serious Specialty Bird And Not For Someone Who Isnt Very Experienced. They Are Uncommon In Captivity And Not Prolific Producer So The Prices Stay High On Them
     
  8. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    That makes sense. Some birds are not meant to keep. Still gorgeous!
     
  9. Missi

    Missi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting! I didn't know anything about them but saw them on a quail video. Their appearance took my breath away. Little beauties. [​IMG]
     
  10. animal8

    animal8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard of the Oscillated quail, but what does the Montezuma quail look like? I've never seen one of them before. Come to think of it, never seen what an Oscillated quail looks like either [​IMG]

    EDIT: Actually strike that. They are known as Mearns quail? Those I have heard of. I found someone over here that sells them, I think. Not sure for how much, though [​IMG]
     
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