Three brief quail questions

Discussion in 'Quail' started by cupman, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Hello I plan on doing 50 jumbo coturnix in the coming months and I just had a couple questions I need answered before I turn my old chicken coop into a quail pen.

    1) Is there any way to encourage egg laying in a particular area or will they just lay everywhere? I've seen slanted pens but because my quail house is going to be an old chicken coop this method will not work for me.

    2) If I am just raising them up to slaughter age does male/female ratio matter or can I just turn them loose unsexed into my quail pen?

    3) How many eggs do Jumbo Coturnix quail lay each day? I plan on constructing a breeding pen(s) for sustainability with 1:4 ratio males to females and am trying to gauge how many breeding groups I will need to be able to set 50-75 quail eggs in the incubator.

    Thanks in advance. Spring can't come soon enough, I really want some quails!
  2. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    New Mexico
    Wow. I think I need to ask a couple of questionsbefore I can try to answer yours. [​IMG]

    Are you making drastic modifications for your habitat to go from chickens to Coturnix quail? Quite a size difference there......not to mention that quail don't roost. Big difference in how quail and chickens are housed.

    Are you getting 50 adult quail or just enough adults to get 50 eggs to set? I'm a bit confused here....
  3. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    It's just an old coop with an attached run. There's no roosts or nesting boxes. It's basically just a 18'x6' rectangular area.. 25% of the rectangle is enclosed to protect from the wind and rain. I still need to add a quail feeder/waterer and some sticks for them to hide/play in.

    My plan is to order 50 quail eggs, maybe 100. I'll hatch those and put them in my old chicken coop. From there I'll sex the birds and create my breeding stock. I just want to use this area to raise quail up to slaughter age, clean the coop and repeat.

    I wanted to know how many eggs a day to expect from jumbo coturnix quail so I would have an idea on how many breeding groups I needed.
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay

    1) I put kitty litter pans/plastic shoe boxes in the pens (inside dirt with oyster shells) and usually find my eggs in there :)

    2) Some people raise them 1:1, 1:3, or 2:6 (I raise them in these ratios perfectly fine)

    3) Coturnix can lay up to 300 eggs a year
  5. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    3) According to my math with the M/F ratio you want you should get 3-4 eggs a day per pen or about 23 a week, I'm planning to do something similar but using a 1/3 ratio.

    2) as far as I've read you should be ok with just growing them st. run but my experience some fighting the last 2-3 weeks before slaughter.

    I plan to breed and hatch about 60 a month but I'm sexing mine at 4 weeks and selling them at 6 as started birds.
  6. chetrw

    chetrw Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 13, 2011
    North Texas
  7. Marinarawr

    Marinarawr New Egg

    Apr 23, 2010
    I started with Jumbo Coturnix (1 male and 3 females) while I hatched out about 2 dozen more eggs. I kept the adults in a large rabbit hutch type pen and laid down straw for them to walk on with a dust pan off to one side. Occasionally I'd find an egg in the dust pan but I found that the females would kick out a little nest area in the straw and they preferred to drop their eggs there. It wasn't a terribly reliable system though since they'd randomly decide that they would make another nest (more of a simple hole really) and the eggs would get scattered. I'd generally get one egg a day with the occasional miss. A few times I even got more than one egg a day from a very productive female! Alas, a raccoon managed to get in there and have feast, but if I had to do it over again I'd definitely just go with a wire floor and tip the cage. Cutting out a vent for the eggs to roll out of the main cage would be ideal... I couldn't stand how they'd poop all over their eggs! I've decided that if I raise quail again this year it'll only be a seasonal venture. Good luck with yours! They're tasty little things.
  8. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i'm with quail lady here.

    1) any sort of pan, sand, bedding, w/e. I actually took a cardboard box, sealed it up, cut a hole in the front, put some bedding in it and cut a door in the back. not a DAY later all 10 of my females were laying inside that box, they love it.

    2) general ration is 1:3/1:4. I run a 1:5 in one coop, and a 1:4 in my other coop(mainly b/c i don't want to many males around)

    3) yep same as quaillady said, 300 a year is easy with proper lighting.

    your old chicken coop should suffice, i'd just replace any chicken wire with 1/2" hardware cloth to make it safer.
  9. PondCreekRoad

    PondCreekRoad Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 8, 2012
    yep im with quail lady also...good advice :)

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