New Quail Owner! Any help?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cmsagirl, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. cmsagirl

    cmsagirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all! I'm getting 12 coturnix quail tomorrow and I'm new to them in general. I do have chickens, but never had quail. Any tips, do's or dont's? I was going to put them in an extra tractor supply brand chicken coop I have sitting around, but wasn't sure if they will climb the ramp up to the hutch/roost. Are there any special things they need? Also, I'm getting males and females, will they all be ok together or do I need to separate them?
     
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  2. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quail require a higher protein than chicken feed. Most game bird feeds should have enough though. Quail don't generally roost either.
     
  3. cmsagirl

    cmsagirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Any particular brand or protein percentage I should look for?
     
  4. cmobley

    cmobley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One male to all the females or split them into separate groups. I use purina gamebird starter from birth to death its 30% protein and i always had good luck with it. I think tractor supply has a 24% turkey starter that'll also work. If you can, put the pen up off the ground use 1/2 inch hardware cloth on bottom so they can poop through it put a piece of plywood about 2 feet under the pen makes cleaning up alot easier. If its total wire bottom add a sand bath not deep i used 1/2 plywood with 2x2 sides. Also add some half milk jugs they like to hide in them.
     
  5. fishforbrains

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    You can feed them 20% protein chicken layer feed once they are mature if you can't find anything else with a higher protein level. You can't keep two males together or bad things will happen.
     
  6. cmsagirl

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    Thanks for the info! They are already mature, and the hens are already laying, so since they aren't growing could I use the 20% chicken layer feed? And a friend of mine has her quail in an old converted horse stall and has 2 or 3 males with about 6 females. She hasn't had any fighting but the stall she has them in is huge, much bigger than the structures I'll be keeping mine in.
     
  7. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually have 2 males with 4 females right now, but I'll be reducing it to 1 this weekend when I have time to process it. Your males will let you know if they're overcrowded, they'll scalp each other. It's a horrible thing to see, so I would suggest not more than 1 in a small space with 6 hens.
     

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