Why should I hatch Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by magsrags, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    [​IMG]I see many folks hatch out different varieties of quail. Please tell me why you started with them....& what pleasure you get from them so I can decide if they are for me or not. Do you set them free at some time? They are (Bob whites) native to my area. Just curious! TIA
     
  2. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    I originally started with button quail. I figured they'd be a great indoor pet, especially because they don't take up a lot of space. Now, honestly, I'm not sure why I still have them, or why I just put 67 eggs into the bator, lol. I finally did get coturnix quail, for meat/egg purposes, but they're great little birds. I love the sounds they make, they're very pretty (there's something about the wild look of the jumbo browns...), they're calm, easy to handle, etc. I just can't say enough about the coturnix.
     
  3. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    Quote:Same here for me except I have coturnix in the bator [​IMG]. It is illegal in many states to just let quail free or even own certain types unless you have a gamebird license so I dont think too many are doing that. Many types are kept in aviaries and are more for looking at and others
    are kept for eggs and meat. My coturnix will mostly be for eggs and enjoyment to watch and hatch, I can have more than chickens due to the size and housing needs and it feeds my
    obsession to incubate [​IMG]
     
  4. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Quote:Same here for me except I have coturnix in the bator [​IMG]. It is illegal in many states to just let quail free or even own certain types unless you have a gamebird license so I dont think too many are doing that. Many types are kept in aviaries and are more for looking at and others
    are kept for eggs and meat. My coturnix will mostly be for eggs and enjoyment to watch and hatch, I can have more than chickens due to the size and housing needs and it feeds my
    obsession to incubate [​IMG]

    Ahhh.......................I see. I need to look up my local laws then. I have been sitting on the fence w/quail but I just love all birds and their size is a big PLUS.:<)
     
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Coturnix is my main love but i too started out with button quail. And managed to have 12 buttons back in my bator [​IMG] I dont have room for them though so no fear of me keeping them this time! LOL! Or so i say. [​IMG]


    Also got bobwhites in there and more coturnix. The bobwhites are for crossing with the coturnix (well im keeping a few like 3) and the rest are being sold to a guy who ordered them for me to hatch for him.


    The coturnix.....100+ in there im selecting a few from and selling the rest.

    They are sweet, BEAUTIFUL, edible, geneticable, and just fun...able. [​IMG]
     
  6. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Lol. We're going to push you off the fence, onto the side of GET COTURNIX! Lol. Really, you'll wonder why you hadn't gotten them sooner once you finally do get some.

    Nancy, I have 19 coturnix in the bator too, lmao.
     
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    *in a hypnotizing tone* Yooouu wiill gettt cootuuurrrnniiiixxxxx commmmee tooo the darrrk ssiiiideeeeeeee oooooooooo [​IMG]



    Im special-er... 100+ honestly i dunno how many i have now... prob 150.... put in 24 today woohoooo [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    Quote:my problem was I was already leaning this way till I started reading everyones post on coturnix [​IMG] Now I got 12 Jumbos, 40 some eggs in the bator and going to be buying more from a couple different people so I can have diverse bloodlines [​IMG]
     
  9. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    OK...................I am convinced!LOLOL
    Bow long to brood....feed ...adulthood?
    Oh good grief I PROMISED no more incubating!!! Can my silkies hatch them????? If so I am so IN.
    Better yet..... I'll have the dh thinking they are aliens hatched by silkies! LOLOL [​IMG]
     
  10. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    Quote:If I am not mistaken, reading on the history of these guys, silkies were exactly they used for hundreds of years. The domesticated quail kind of lost their taste for broodiness!
     

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