trying quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by garye5007, May 12, 2010.

  1. garye5007

    garye5007 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2010
    I'm considering trying to hatch some Coturnix quail...
    this is my first attempt at hatching anything, i have the use of an incubator and i successfully raised some chickens. I don't want any more chickens (not that i don't like my chickens).. I would like to try 8 eggs and see how it goes. seems you can keep a few quail in a cage (given enough room per bird) so you don't need a big coop and run?
    do have any advice for the first timer? words of encouragement?
    Thank you for your time!
  2. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 5, 2007
    I think Cortunix are the easiest to raise but they love to eat alot and poop alot. The good thing is they don't require that much space and within 7 weeks old they start laying [​IMG]

    Good luck with your hatch!
  3. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 9, 2008
    Central Indiana
    My Coop
    Not clear what your goals are, but you might want to reconsider the number of eggs you try. A 50% hatch rate is common, and then you don't know what you'll get in terms of male/female ratio. I got 8 out of 9 males. If you're not opposed to eating some, raise extras so that you can end up with maybe 1 male and 3 or 4 females.
  4. garye5007

    garye5007 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 20, 2010
    I'm not sure of my goals either! eggs, meat, pets?
    I hear they are very tasty! I used to clean and eat pheasant when i was in my teens...
    what do most folks raise them for?
    I tried to find someone locally (Connecticut) for fertile eggs but couldn't find any.
    other than googling quail eggs, is there any way to find them locally?
    Shipping costs drive me crazy and i don't know in what condition i would get them in! I hate getting burned by unscrupulous people.
    Thanks for your replies, Gary

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