Raising Bob White quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by poultry for me, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. poultry for me

    poultry for me Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2010
    I have a few questions regarding Bob Whites.
    Are they difficult to raise?
    Are they good for meat?
    Can I keep them in wire cages off the ground (i.e. rabbit cages)?
    How long does it take for them to become mature and lay eggs?
    Can they withstand single digit weather in winter?
    Will they need a light for warmth 24/7 in the winter in order to lay eggs?
    What type of food do they eat as chicks and as adults?

    These are only some of my questions. I know its a lot, and I know I have more but I just want the basics right now.
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    As far as difficult raising harder then cortunix but easier then Gamble or valley.

    They do taste good but there's not much meat.

    Yes you can keep on wire usually that is the preferred method.

    Bobwhites take about 5 to 6 months to mature.

    They can but it might be good Idea to put light for heat if it gets real cold.

    Bobwhites are seasonal bird laying usually spring through summer so if you want them to lay in winter your going need put a light on them.

    Food I used either a gamebird starter or I used turkey grower and starter
  3. poultry for me

    poultry for me Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2010
    Thank you. It sounds like they can be a go for me.[​IMG]

    I just want to clarify one thing. You said to put a light on them if i want them to lay year round. Should it be just a light (like 60-100 watt) or should it be a heat lamp (250 watt)?

    Again, thank you. I can't wait to add some more variety to my bird farm![​IMG]
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
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