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new to raising quail Help :/

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jadude, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. jadude

    jadude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting 40-50 quail eggs and will hatch them in an incubator. How do you incubate them and raise them. Since we can not keep chickens anymore i wanted to raise quail. I hope i have good luck.
    Thanks
    jad
     
  2. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The way I did mine was by incubating at 100 degrees still air, with a steady 50% humidity. If they are coturnix they incubate for 18 days, buttons for 16 days, and bobwhites for 23 (I think) days. 3 days before the hatch you bump the humidity up to at least 65%, drop the temp down to 99* and let it ride, so to speak [​IMG]
    I brooded my jumbos I just hatched at 98* for the first week. A lot of people lose some due to them piling up, mine did not pile at this temp. You need to have a cage for brooding, as they can fly pretty good at 1 week old! Plus they poo a lot, and if they are walking in it all the time you will have to clean their wittle feets! Much easier to have them on wire!
    Make sure you have a quail water base, or a chick waterer with marbles/stones in it. They like to think they can swim [​IMG]
    You need game bird starter, as high of protein as you can get. It doesn't matter if it is medicated or not, all I can get is medicated and it does not hurt them. Try to shoot for at least 24% protein, or you'll need to supplement with something else.
    Put them on a rubber shelf liner or 1/4" hardware cloth when they are first hatched so they can get their footing and not mess up their legs. Just like with chicks you may need to dip their beaks in their water, but they usually find the food/water on their own.
    Oh, they need to be removed from the hatcher no more than 24 hours after they hatch cause they need to eat sooner!
    Ummmm.....I think that's it [​IMG]

    If you or I think of something else, let me know, or I'll post back here! Good luck!
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    What color coturnix did ya end up settling on?


    Remember what I said in the email though lol Tuxedos are no louder/quieter than any other color coturnix quail. [​IMG]
     
  5. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    but they all have the same cuteness [​IMG]
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:that is so true! Hence why I have every color you can easily get (working on getting the harder ones in the spriiiinnnng) [​IMG] My favorite is the tux and the DARK tibetan [​IMG]
     
  7. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

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    Quote:that is so true! Hence why I have every color you can easily get (working on getting the harder ones in the spriiiinnnng) [​IMG] My favorite is the tux and the DARK tibetan [​IMG]

    i will be having the same once i hatch your grandquails out [​IMG]
     
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:that is so true! Hence why I have every color you can easily get (working on getting the harder ones in the spriiiinnnng) [​IMG] My favorite is the tux and the DARK tibetan [​IMG]

    i will be having the same once i hatch your grandquails out [​IMG]

    hehe i can't wait to see ya with my grandy quails [​IMG]
     
  9. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    I got a 3ftlong by 2ft wide 12"tall cage I build for brooding after the first week or so. I got 100 eggs in the chick o bator don't know how many will hatch. I'm wondering how many chick I can get into it safely. I will more than likly build another the same size. Going to raise them in the basement untill it get warmer.
     
  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:You could fit all 100 chicks in that brooder type set up they dont normally start having any birdy spats until they are mature at 6 weeks so they would be fine. [​IMG]

    YOu'll probably get a 50% hatch, and if you get better than 50% you did something amazingly right! [​IMG] I noromally get a 50% hatch and am happy with that so anyting better is awesome!

    YOur plans sound great! good luck with the babies hatching! [​IMG]
     

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