Re-introducing chicks into Bobwhite Colony and Handling Breeder Birds

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Manchac Basin, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Manchac Basin

    Manchac Basin New Egg

    Dec 22, 2013
    I've looked for information on this but no luck. I want to know how many coops I need to manage a colony. I just put 49 Jumbo Bobs in my incubator. After those that hatch and mature become established. I want to select a male and a few hens for breeding so I will set aside a separate pen for these.

    ~~ Question: Can I successfully house more than one hen together in the breeder pen?

    But I heard somewhere that if I hatch and introduce chicks (replacement birds) into the colony they're likely to be killed by the mature Bobs so do I need to wait until they mature?...and therefore need a third cage??
  2. Poetshens

    Poetshens Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 14, 2014
    If you sell or eat the ones you didn't select as breeders you wouldn't need a third pen. It all depends what you plan to do with the "unworthy" breeders. I have heard of colony breeding with 3 to 10 ratio so i think it is possible if you give them something to do other than breed. Give them things to occupy themselves with like a pan full of clean dirt or sand to dig around in as well as lots of hiding places. If you want a mass pen of bobwhites you may need a third cage to mature the replacement chicks in and a huge aviary to keep the mature ones in if you want to introduce more later.
  3. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You will have the least problems with bobs if you pair them off. Trios can work ok too. Colony breeding needs a lot of space like an aviary or a flight pen if you want to avoid fighting.

    With the questions you have asked, and I mean no offense here, I would suggest getting some experience with bobs before you try to introduce new birds into any situation. Bobs are typically very territorial and can be really aggressive.

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