What quail breeds are best??

Chick dayz

In the Brooder
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I have had chickens (4 silkie hens) for a while now and decided I wanted more chicks but when I thought about it I thought, why get more chickens what about another type of bird... Then I read about quail and decided I wanted some but I have no idea what breeds to get!!! I kind of want button quail for more of a pet but I’ve never had any quail so what are your suggestions?!?!
 

silkie1472

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Dec 28, 2016
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Okay, so are you wanting your Willie hens to hatch them, or are you wanting to raise them yourself?

Quail chicks require a little more cautious care than baby chickens. They are very sensitive to heat, prone to drown, etc. — not to mention that they require a higher protein food as well.

If you are looking for a bird that will reproduce on its own (lay eggs, go broody, rear young), I advise against quail.

If you are looking for a bird that grows quickly and look unique, then quail are for you. I have raised quail for a few years, but only coturnix quail (the pharaoh variety). They make great meat and egg birds. Button quail on the other hand are very, and I mean very, small birds — but they do make fairly good pets.

I don’t know how much of a bird enthusiast you are, but if you’re looking for a bird that makes a great pet, I would get geese. They are very intelligent and usually bond with their owner if raised from a gosling — just an option.
 

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