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what is the absolute largest quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by AK_Button_Mama, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to get some BIG quail... what is the LARGEST quail that I can get? I have coturnix and want chuckar but those are not quail... anyway I am rambling!!! sorry!!! any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Butler Bobwhites are supposedly pretty big? [​IMG]

    or jumbo coturnix (if you can find someone that breeds them as big as they were meant to be *an lb*). I think my 12 oz hen is huge, so I can only imagine what a lber looks like! LOL!
     
  3. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so how do you breed for jumbos? just breed the larger birds only?
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:That's probably how they were started out is by breeding the largest of the pharoahs to the largest of the pharoahs until they made a distinct larger sized coturnix. Jumbos lay exceptionably bigger eggs than the pharoah coturnix, and have a big more breast meat [​IMG].

    Most breeders don't selectively breed their coturnix, or their jumbos, so that causes various sizes of jumbos, from small jumbos that barely look any different from a normal pharoah coturnix to the ones that are completley bigger than the pharoahs even at hatching. I think if you want to find a breeder that only breeds for pretty good sized jumbos try to find someone who selectively breeds for larger birds. I plan to but right now I have a mixture of both normal sized coturnix and jumbos....my goals is to breed every color to jumbo size. [​IMG] I like those huge eggs that are almost banty sized too much not to LOL
     
  5. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just breed the larger birds only?

    NOOOOOOO [​IMG] I learned from the head poultry prof. down at Texas A&M that in order to get larger birds you dont always use the biggest. You want to look for things like length and width of breast.....and overall body. You want a good plump bird but doesn't always mean the biggest of the group.
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