bought a trio of red bourbon turkeys and was given eight tiny white quail.turkeys are about 5 months and quail are 10 plus weeks.an hour after getting home I got two eggs from the quail.any tips would be great.
Are the quail button quail? We've got some A&M quail. They can't be overcrowded or they will attack each other. They go up when startled so they need a cage with a low roof so they can't get much momentum or they can get brain damage. 10 inches is good. From what I've read they won't hatch their own eggs so you can either raise them for eggs or get an incubator or broody banty for meat birds. There is a market for them among large snake owners who often will buy them whole/frozen. The guy we got ours from said you can't turn them out because the white color is like a flag to predators saying "tasty dinner here!", tho my daughter has plans of putting them in a chicken coop we've yet to build.
we got some red bourbons back in may. They so far seem way easier than chickens. They were flying and pooping all over everything. so i put them in with the goats in an electric net fence and they stay in there. It seems like a great relationship because they go around and pick stuff off the goats. Im hoping that they are eating worm eggs too. not sure on that one though.
i built a pretty good pen for my quail out using pallets. The cage itself is about 10 inches high and 6 inches shorter than the pallet on all sides, this allows plenty of room for around 30 quail. I made sure that the pen would be easy to move around to new grass as i needed. I normally stock 4 females to each male. I also keep several types of bantams so i hatch a couple of hundred quail a year use most for meat and replace the breeders every year or two. Just make sure and try to watch if any of the roos get too aggressive, if i have any that do i normaly go ahead and cull them. I love keeping mine for the meat, but i also love the pickled quail eggs, they are around the size of a large olive.
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