Ratio for male to female bobwhites

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Sethc, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Sethc

    Sethc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2013
    I have six males and 14 females in one coop and I have heard it should be one male to two or three females. So that's what I have but my females are getting hurt and a large amount of feathers plucked out so I am not sure what to do.
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm confused do you have them separated into pairs or trios now or are they still loose in a group?
  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you have any bloody birds you need to pull them or the other bobs in the cage will eat them and I'm being completely serious.
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Bobs need to be paired off, 1 male to 1 female. Unlike Coturnix, Bobwhites mate for life with 1 bird. Now, if you have HUGE SPACES SUCH AS AVIARIES, you can keep these pairs together as long as they can get away from each other. But if you keep them in a small pen, do not keep them in anything but pairs. A lone female with a mated pair can be killed.

    Bobs need 4 square foot per bird.

    ( I capitalized the "HUGE SPACES" part of this post because there will be people come on here that DO keep Bobs in large aviaries that keep many pairs together. This is not directed toward this type of environment. This suggestion is for small pen kept Bobs.)

    All this being said, during the non breeding season, Fall thru Spring, Bobs enjoy the winter covey and you can mix all your birds back together as long as you are not adding light for forced laying.

    You can however, keep all males together or all females together during breeding season. They all must be out of eye sight of each other however to keep the piece. 4 square feet per bird.

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