chickbird

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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
 

wolftracks

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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.
 
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mhwc56

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Aug 5, 2010
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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.
 

chickbird

Songster
10 Years
May 4, 2009
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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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