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Who Keeps Quail??

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When it comes to gamefowl I used incubator for one hatch and had hatch of a broody , I'd go for broody every time now . Get a good silkie cross and get them hatched out natural

Do the chicks have as high as survival rates under a broody? I won't be using a broody hen for my quail because I don't want to keep chickens.

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I think chicks reAred by a hen are less prone to illness than incubator chicks , that's just my opinion tho , the hen weeds out and sick and I'll chicks and just find the chicks to be of a better standard than incubator chicks . From the moment they pop out of the shell there in the inciroment that they will be living in where as incubator chicks are in a cleaned incubator then in to a brooder box /pen then in to the outdoors , . Start as thee mean to go on

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I think chicks reAred by a hen are less prone to illness than incubator chicks , that's just my opinion tho , the hen weeds out and sick and I'll chicks and just find the chicks to be of a better standard than incubator chicks . From the moment they pop out of the shell there in the inciroment that they will be living in where as incubator chicks are in a cleaned incubator then in to a brooder box /pen then in to the outdoors , . Start as thee mean to go on

Makes sense, I'll be sticking with the incubator though because as I said I don't want to keep chickens.

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All has settled down nicely with my quail now, no more fighting at all. The odd hen with some feathers pulled out of the back of her head when the cock has been to keen but other than that fine.

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All has settled down nicely with my quail now, no more fighting at all. The odd hen with some feathers pulled out of the back of her head when the cock has been to keen but other than that fine.

Spoke to soon, got a hen with a severely pecked head. Purple antiseptic spray is an essential with these birds.

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All has settled down nicely with my quail now, no more fighting at all. The odd hen with some feathers pulled out of the back of her head when the cock has been to keen but other than that fine.

Spoke to soon, got a hen with a severely pecked head. Purple antiseptic spray is an essential with these birds.

If you got ferrets they won't go hungry lol
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Lol nah the few males I've culled have gone on the bbq, the ferrets get the heads and guts though. Hatched 17 the other day, the first I've bred from my own birds.

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Damn just sexed the chicks and out of 17 I've got 2 hens 10 roos 5 that are English whites so I won't be sure until they start producing the foam, I had a look at the vents anyway and they look male to me.

 

Are some cockerels inclined to produce more males than females or am I just unlucky? Anyone else ever had a ratio as bad as this?

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Damn just sexed the chicks and out of 17 I've got 2 hens 10 roos 5 that are English whites so I won't be sure until they start producing the foam, I had a look at the vents anyway and they look male to me.

 

Are some cockerels inclined to produce more males than females or am I just unlucky? Anyone else ever had a ratio as bad as this?

I used to breed quail and 3/4 of the chicks turned out to be males, absolute pain in the ass. I bred hundreds of the suckers too.

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Damn just sexed the chicks and out of 17 I've got 2 hens 10 roos 5 that are English whites so I won't be sure until they start producing the foam, I had a look at the vents anyway and they look male to me.

 

Are some cockerels inclined to produce more males than females or am I just unlucky? Anyone else ever had a ratio as bad as this?

I used to breed quail and 3/4 of the chicks turned out to be males, absolute pain in the ass. I bred hundreds of the suckers too.

It's annoying I was hoping for between 7 and 10 hens out of that lot, I'll give it another go very soon and see what I get.

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got sick of my quail attacking eache other

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