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#60831 - 05/03/06 12:52 PM First Quail
Dustin Biery Offline
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Registered: 04/25/06
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Loc: Arkansas
Can anyone give me any pointer on raising quail? I will be getting quail that are 2-5 days old. Is there anything special that I need to know. I am currently raising chickens, but I am not really sure about quail.
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#60832 - 05/04/06 08:18 AM Re: First Quail
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Registered: 04/09/03
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Loc: California
I put small stones in the water dish so they can't drown. Also, some people I know will use old water troughs to raise them in. They don't have corners where the quail can pile up on top of one another and end up suffocating the ones on the bottom. Be sure they have space around the perimeter from their heat source. And yes, they can jump out, so either have a lid, or very high sides. laugh

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#60833 - 05/22/06 10:33 PM Re: First Quail
Angela Stanley Offline
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Registered: 10/19/05
Posts: 224
Loc: Missouri
Be sure and feed them the correct feed. This is very important. Quail will canabalize each other if they do not have enough protein in their diet. You don't want to come home one day and find that they have eaten each other's legs and eyes....It happens. Buy a good quality gamebird starter. Don't try to grow them out on chicken feed. At six weeks, put them on game bird breeder. (I'm assuming that you have coturnix which mature at six weeks.) You can wait a bit longer on bobwhites and other crested.
Hatching and growing quail is always an experience! Good luck!
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#60834 - 05/23/06 11:23 AM Re: First Quail
Dustin Biery Offline
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Registered: 04/25/06
Posts: 81
Loc: Arkansas
No , I am raising bob whites. I started out with 25 and now after a month, I am down to around 15. I have done all the above and am not having very good luck with them. But it seems that about 5-7 of them are not maturing as fast as the others. They are all supposed to be the same size, but I dont know for sure. Any other info would be appreciated.
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#60835 - 05/27/06 07:58 PM Re: First Quail
Angela Stanley Offline
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Loc: Missouri
Bobwhite are very slow to mature....that's why I don't bother with them. They also don't do well in large numbers. They fight to much and kill each other. Quite vicious....you'll probably lose more. Are they Great Northerns, or Speckled?
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#60836 - 05/30/06 10:12 AM Re: First Quail
Dustin Biery Offline
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Registered: 04/25/06
Posts: 81
Loc: Arkansas
They are great northerns. Since my last post I have lost five more. So now I have 10 out of 25. Starting to be able to tell some of the roosters from the hens.
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#60837 - 05/31/06 11:13 AM Re: First Quail
Angela Stanley Offline
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Registered: 10/19/05
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Loc: Missouri
Males will have white chins, and females chins will be brown. Easy to tell. Females will be somewhat smaller. Break them up into smaller coveys....no more then two or three males in each.
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#60838 - 05/31/06 11:15 AM Re: First Quail
Angela Stanley Offline
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Registered: 10/19/05
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Loc: Missouri
Just a note:
You can turn them out if you have the proper ground coverage. I have re-populated my farm, and the neighbors. I have several coveys reproducing now. I can even coax them up close enough to see them.
Make sure that you keep them in your birds in seclusion.
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#60839 - 06/13/06 09:22 PM Re: First Quail
Dustin Biery Offline
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Registered: 04/25/06
Posts: 81
Loc: Arkansas
Do they easily catch diseases from other birds?
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#60840 - 06/15/06 09:47 AM Re: First Quail
Angela Stanley Offline
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Registered: 10/19/05
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Loc: Missouri
Not that I am aware of. They seem to be thriving right now. I turned that last batch out two summers ago, so they are definately reproducing.
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