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    How to Breed Quail

    ArticlePoultry AdviceFriday 03 June 2011
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    Quails, often thought of as game birds, are members of the pheasant family. They are short small and plump. Usually quails nest on the ground. Although they are primarily raised for their meat and their eggs, quails for sale can make wonderful pets. As long as you have an incubator you can raise quail fairly easily.

     

    Purchase a coop for your quails. This needs to be the right size depending on how many birds you have. You should also provide a fenced yard where the quail can enjoy fresh air and exercise as well as feed on grass and insects. The fence should also have a mesh wire or chicken wire over the top so the quail can't fly away.


    Choose quails for sale that are of the same size and at least a month old to ensure they are growing properly and they are healthy. Start with 15 to 20 birds to ensure you have a good ratio of male and female quails.

     

    Quails must have a nutritious diet so choose the right bird feed for sale. They must have at least 30% protein content in their diet if they are to breed. A quail's diet consists mainly of seeds such as legumes, barley, clover and lupine. Quails like to eat by scratching and pecking on the ground, so it is a good idea to spread food around the floor of their coop or pen instead of placing it in dishes. During mating season, the males will often eat less food than usual as they are more focused on attracting females.


    Hopefully the males and females in your quail flock will breed and the females will lay eggs. Once this has happened gather all the eggs and place them in an egg incubator. Female quails are not naturally maternal and often ignore eggs so incubators are a necessity – don’t expect the mothers to do the work for you.

     

    Set the temperature in your incubator at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit and be sure to turn the eggs four to five times a day. It takes quail eggs around 24 days to hatch. Although it may be tempting, refrain from turning the eggs the last few days to allow them to settle. Also decrease the temperature by 1 degree during the last few days. Move the baby quail to a brooder box once they have hatched, being sure to keep them warm and clean. Provide fresh water and food almost immediately as baby quails can walk almost right after birth, so they will be looking for sustenance.

     

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