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850antony
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:26 am    Post subject: japanese quail nest box?

hi im getting a pair of japanese quail and want to make a nest box,could anyone please tell me the best measurements for ideal nest box please? and also any other info u may know,like how many eggs they lay,incubation time and so on thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 9:32 am    Post subject:

Japanese quail are stupid, and mess up the avairy floors into a stinking mess....Thhu their eggs are great novely in salids and a tray of roated quail as starter for xmas dinner is great... they are a game bird.
Yep been there done that.. big mistake.
The Chinese or Button quail are great little vaccuum cleaners in the bottom of the avairy.
Dont mess up the avairies and stay out of the way.
A couple males or pair in each avairy, a box 10"x 10"x 5 H on its side in a cnr, dry long grass trown in the avairy, they find it make a nest lay.
Now the tricky part, source your birds from a breeder who lets the parent raise, otherwise it is unlikely the parants will sit on the eggs or look after the chicks once hatched.

We are having a go at califonian quail at the moment, beutfull birds, very different in nature to any other quail , hen .....intially very timid birds, but settle down , very quiet and clean.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject:

thanks,i ended up getting chinese quails ha,tiny little birds very nice,i built them a little box in corner of avery,is it possilbe to make a home made incubator? for the eggs.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:17 am    Post subject:

yes but by the time u get heaters, thermostats, ploystyrene box, and still have to turn the eggs by hand.... may as well buy a ready made unit.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject:

best thing i used with the quails i had last year, was a upside down storage box from b&q or your local store with a heat lamp wired into it i found that i had several babies after a couple of weeks watching i had a couple of births but then a cat had them for dinner wall
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