Quail Raising

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chickbird, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I Have Read The Stickys And Lot Of Other And Just Would Appreciate Someone Who Is Experienced To Answer A Few Questions Please.

    I Have Read Place Breeders In Separate Pens ...one Male To 4 Hens, Do Most Of You Have Multiple Pens Like This? Please Comment On The Number You Have
    I Am Assuming From Reading That For 5 Quail I Would Need Pens At Least 5 Square Feet For Each Set Of Breeders?
    When You Hatch Them Out And They No Longer Need Heat, Can You Put Lots Of Males And Females Together To Raise Until They Are Ready To Be Slaughtered?
    How Many Years Do You Keep The Same Breeders?
    Are You Able To Eat The Breeders When You Retire Them? If Not, What Do You Do With Them?
    I Am Planning On Corturnix Quail.
    How Many Years Do The Hens Usually Lay?
    How Many Years Do Healthy Quail Live.

    I Think Having All Of Above Info In Same Subject Would Be Useful To Newbies To Quail Raising? Please Help With Responses To Above. Thanks
     
  2. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    The sticky

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=282488

    Here's another good thread.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=492175

    Pens

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=280575

    Meat bird questions

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=561407

    Age one and older

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=561588

    Quail Basics

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=102281

    Feed Questions

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=486090

    Vent Sexing

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=150049

    Quailville
    This is a thread for the quail crazies to hang out. I like reading it

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=245255&p=1

    Took me about 20 minutes and 15 pages to find some of the longer threads, so I hope they help.

    You can also do a search for each of your questions using key words. Just thought I'd give you these in case you didn't get an answer to all your questions right away. LOL

    Oh and I may be the only quail person left online. We did a big group set today. I didn't get mine in the incubator untill 11:30, so have to go update my info now.

    You can check out the thread we are using for this hatch here

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=549381&p=1

    There are others that are joining in on the thread to just hang out, so maybe you should come in once in a while and check it out.

    Good luck with your start in quail. They're like chickens, very addictive.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2011
  3. animal8

    animal8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for all the useful info [​IMG]
     
  4. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:1) i have a dozen pens with anywhere from 2 to 20 birds /pen plus i keep some small "bachelor" cages for spare roos i need to separate or put into a "time out " cage.
    I have found that some breeders will tolerate only a 1/1 ratio ( not the norm) while others require 6 hens /1 roo.
    AND for space. Yes ..at least 5 square feet for 5 birds.You can give them less but as a rule they aren't as happy when over crowded and will be more likely to injure each other in my experience .

    2)the roos start fighting in my grow out pen at about 5 weeks old....you don't want to send them to freezer camp that young....but generally you can keep a bunch together. If i get a roo that's particularly nasty tempered i toss him into a single bird cage .

    3 and 6) as long as you want. some people get rid of all their birds for the winter while others have birds which are 5-8 years old .

    4) yes people will eat "retired " birds ,or give them away etc

    5) some folks have hens that are laying after several years though not an egg a day any more.
     
  5. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:1) i have a dozen pens with anywhere from 2 to 20 birds /pen plus i keep some small "bachelor" cages for spare roos i need to separate or put into a "time out " cage.
    I have found that some breeders will tolerate only a 1/1 ratio ( not the norm) while others require 6 hens /1 roo.
    AND for space. Yes ..at least 5 square feet for 5 birds.You can give them less but as a rule they aren't as happy when over crowded and will be more likely to injure each other in my experience .

    2)the roos start fighting in my grow out pen at about 5 weeks old....you don't want to send them to freezer camp that young....but generally you can keep a bunch together. If i get a roo that's particularly nasty tempered i toss him into a single bird cage .

    3 and 6) as long as you want. some people get rid of all their birds for the winter while others have birds which are 5-8 years old .

    4) yes people will eat "retired " birds ,or give them away etc

    5) some folks have hens that are laying after several years though not an egg a day any more.

    THanks so much for your straight forward answers, i really appreciate your help. thanks again
     

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