Quail Questions 101

Discussion in 'Quail' started by BarredBuff, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well Dad just called he is wanting me to raise him 100 quail this spring. I know nothing about quail. Could you please answer these questions:
    1. What do you feed them?
    2. How long does it take them to feather out?
    3. Are they brooded similarily to chickens?
    4. If kept until Adults what kind of housing do they require?
    Thanks guys any additional advice or pictures would be appreciated. BB.
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    What type of quail?

    1. What do you feed them?
    Unmedicated Gamebird crumbles 28% or higher

    2. How long does it take them to feather out?
    Depends on quail....Coturnix about 7 weeks to maturity, Button quail 7.5-8 weeks, Bobwhite....someone else can answer [​IMG]

    3. Are they brooded similarily to chickens?
    Yep

    4. If kept until Adults what kind of housing do they require?
    For a hundred, a pen would suffice, Aviary cages, rabbit hutches.
     
  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Q1. Feed them an unmedicated game bird startes with atleast 26% protein
    Q2. They will fully feather out by 4 weeks of age
    Q3. Yes, it is almost exactly the same.
    Q4. I would give them a cage with a wire floor and 3 wooden sides.
    When chicks keep shallow waterers.
    Good Luck
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Spece Makes A Big Difference

    Coturnix- About 4 Wks To Full Feathering 8 Wks Or So To Full Size
    Bobs 4-5 Wks Feathering And 24-30+ Wks Full Size Depending On The Strain

    Both Eat Gamebird Starter Minimum 28% Protien, Unmedicated Is Usually Preferred
    They Are Brooded Like Chicken Babies, But Do Have Some Slightly Different Requirements--- They Are 1000x's More Cold Sensitive And Huddle 10x's Faster Than Chicken Babies... Also They Are 4wheel Drive, But Clumbsy--- If They Get Wet By Falling In Your Water Font They Are Likely Dead. They Drown Very Easily-- Once Wet If They Dont Drown They Will Die From Hypothermia In Minutes.

    Once Feathered And Comfortable With Outside Temperatures They Do Best In Elevated Wire Floor Pens That Need To Be Quite Predator Proof As They Are Fast Food For Any Wouldbe Predator For 3 Counties In Any Direction.
     
  5. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    Look at the sticky up top.
     
  6. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Pringle is right that sticky is very helpful.
     
  7. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    There is a new sticky? Awesome I shall check it out.
     
  8. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Knoxville,TN
    I don't think there is a new one. I'm pretty sure she was talking about the old one.
     
  9. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
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    [​IMG] I didnt know I was a girl!
     
  10. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Guys!
     

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