Raising Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Sunshineagh, Jul 3, 2016.

  1. Sunshineagh

    Sunshineagh Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! My husband decided that he wanted to start raising quail for a food source and we have fallen head over heels in love with doing it. I am so excited to check out and work with my birds everyday. He started it and I completely ran with it. I love all animals anyway and would love to have a small farm. I'm constantly scouring the Internet for information and new learning tools. I'm loving the process. I decided to start this thread for any and all ideas for raising quail. There is a lot of info on here now, but I find there is never enough information. My husband and I have jumbo bobwhite and coturnix quail for food and eggs. We also have some button quail for my personal pets. We have some Texas A & M eggs in the incubator now. Friends of ours also have another set with different types of quail in their incubator. As I said, we're addicted. My husband has really gotten into building coops/housing for all our birds. We both have stressful jobs. This is a kind of therapy for us! I will try to take and post some pics when I can. All of you who enjoy raising quail please take this thread and run with (or fly)! Looking forward to some great information!
     
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  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

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    Cute, I hand raised two button quail as pets.
     
  3. Sunshineagh

    Sunshineagh Out Of The Brooder

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    That's Awesome! We have 7 buttons right now. They are 3 weeks old and a hand full. I'm still learning about them. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. What colors are yours?
     
  4. Sunshineagh

    Sunshineagh Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell me how old button quail need to be before you start trimming their wings??? They are really starting to fly, but I don't want to do too soon!
     
  5. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why would you trim their wings? I have buttons in cages and aviaries and I never trim their wings. For the cages, I pad the top to prevent boinking injuries though, if that's why you want to trim them..
     
  6. Sunshineagh

    Sunshineagh Out Of The Brooder

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    That's why I would trim them. I'm gonna to have to look into pacing the top of the aquarium I'm making their home. Right now, they're still in the brooder I have for my birds. They're doing well in that. I've started to pet them and hold them so they can get use to my hands.
     
  7. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it's an aquarium, I'd probably use a soft-ish mesh to make a lid. I have used both tulle and a plastic insect mesh for cages, both work well and have the advantage of allowing both light and fresh air to pass through. You could put it on a frame or use velcro to attach it.
    I know truly tame button quail can be achieved, but as far as I know, you'll need to spend most of your time with them to achieve it. Some of mine will take treats from the hand, but none actually allow me to touch them. I haven't done much to try to tame them though. It'd be interesting to know whether yours will allow you to touch them as adults.
     
  8. Sunshineagh

    Sunshineagh Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks about the advice. I have to pick them up to settle them down and actually hold them. They are escape artists and will try to get away. But if I hold them securely ( but not too tight) they'll settle down and fall asleep. What colors do you have?
     
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    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Coturnix Quail

    Coturnix Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Will you be selling the Coturnix after they hatch? I only want a few but I cant find any places that will ship 2 or 4. And if you are willing to sell them how much, and can you ship them? (I'm near Albany, NY) Thanks![​IMG]
     

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