separating bobwhites into breeding groups

Discussion in 'Quail' started by lalaland, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    How do you know which females to put with which males?
    If I have 5 females, and three males, should I just cull two males and keep the 5 with one male?
    WIth bobwhites, is there a minimum number of females to male ratio?
    Right now they are in a group. In the spring, how will I know when to separate them? Hope to do it before there is any injury.

    I am not breeding them, just keeping them for eggs and fun.
     
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Bobwhites do best with only one or two hens, they don't breed as aggressively as coturnix. If it were me I'd make one pair and two trios. Just get three different colors of zip tie, to mark what groups belong together and use them like leg bands.
     
  3. Exoticwings

    Exoticwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put 1 male and 2 females (trios). This will give you the best egg production. You will have 2 trios and 1 pair. Good luck.. Sal
     
  4. lalaland

    lalaland Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you both. I take it that it doesn't matter how I sort them out the first time.

    So, now they are in one group and doing fine. If you happen to have any tips on how to know when to separate them in the spring, I would love to hear them!
     
  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You dont have to separAte them until next april so id say dont even worry about it at this point.
     

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