New to raising quail - help with some tips?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Chasley, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Chasley

    Chasley In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2008
    So i want to start raising quail but not sure how to go about it. have had chickens for some time now and am wondering what the differneces are.

    ive been told that quail dont free-range and that they must be kept in their cages. so, what do the cages look like? how many can stick in there and do they congregate together or need their own little "cubbies"? ive heard both ways and i dont know which is correct.

    do they perch like chickens?

    will they incubate their own eggs or do i HAVE to do this?

    how is their egg production in general?

    anything else i should know before getting my heart too set on these little guys?

    thanks all,

  2. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2009
  3. SamG347

    SamG347 Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    The cage is completely up to you. I will get some pics of my cages once the man who is building them gets done. He makes custom cages and I have him making me quail laying cages. But to my sizes. I'm using coated wire for the bottom of the pen...that is 1/2" x 1" in size. And reg. galvanized wire that is 1/2"x1" for the sides. The cages are going to have sloped floors soo eggs roll to the front.

    The do not perch like chickens.

    You will most likely have to incubate your might get 1-2 hens out of 100 that will sit on eggs.

    Egg production also depends on breed.....Bobwhite lay in spring....Button quail year round.....Coturnix year round.

    You should getting into any bird. Especially gamebirds. Quail are fairly easy once you get started and are a joy to have. There are many breeds/varietys of quail soo pick which works for you. Bobwhites and all other "Wild" types of quail are usually pretty flighty.......and can be just plain nasty if you try to breed in a Colony type setting(multiple females to multiple males} so that would mean keeping in pairs or trios, which would then mean more pens.

    Good Luck [​IMG]
  4. Lophura

    Lophura Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Quote:What species are you interested in? There are many species spread over two families -

    common of the old world species would be Button and Coturnix; the new world species would be Bobwhite, Valley, Gambel, & Scaled.

    Quote:Some ideas can be found and crusing through the species links on the above link. I prefer and recommend aviaries for quail. They will covey mostly in the winter to keep warm.

    Quote:The new world species (Odontophoridae) will sometimes, but mostly spend the night on the ground (I once had Gambel that would perch in trees each night). They will use the branches for calling, protection, and enrichment.

    Quote:Seems to be a hot arguement topic on this forum. I have had them do so and know many other aviculturists that have as well.

    Quote:As above. An aviculturist who keeps birds in a natural aviary and attempt natural incubation will only allow the birds to lay their normal, wild sized clutch. Those after production can force the birds to lay constantly. Natural clutch sizes are found, I think you can see which I prefer.

  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    I agree with all of the above. I have jumbo coturnix and absolutely love them. Their meat is excellent, they are easy to process, and they lay a TON of eggs. You can keep quite a few in a small space, and they mature at around 6 weeks of age (don't waste your time processing before 10 weeks though). Cages are simple to build out of 1x2's and 1/2" hardware cloth - just made another one today. And their poop is excellent fertilizer for the garden!! I love my chickens but the quail are much more multi-purpose that you can't go wrong.
  6. wco

    wco In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2009
    Huntsville, AL
    SamG347 says:
    The cages are going to have sloped floors soo eggs roll to the front.

    Hey Sam,

    How much would you think should be the maximum opening size for an egg to roll out?

    The reason I ask is that I made my pen sides out of 1" x 2" wire oriented vertically. I left off the first row in the wire which made the opening for egg roll out to be 2" tall. On occasion I have had a bird or two slip under and escape.

  7. QuailR4me

    QuailR4me Hatching

    Jul 30, 2014
    Hello, I have 5 adults and 10 chicks and I keep the 7 older babies in a rabbit cage and the 3 younger ones in a round rubber tub my adults are in a homemade rabbit cage that's about 2ft by 4ft and they do just fine. It is very rare for a domestic quail to set on her eggs so you do have to incubate them.

    Hope this helps!!!

  8. spotsplus

    spotsplus Songster

    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA

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