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Post by Harrie on Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:08 pm

Looking at my Jumbos I think I've got 2 female & 6 male - typical!!! Now will it be worth trying to keep the 2 f with 1 m?? And separating at the first sign of trouble and will I be able to introduce some more females at a later date?? Or should eat these Shocked (sorry to all you who keep quail as pets) and hatch another batch?? :?:

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Post by phillipm1969 on Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:52 pm

dont rush in and eat them yet harrie in your next batch could be all female or you might cull the wrong male not the weakest 1 ?

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Post by Harrie on Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:19 pm

S'okay Phil they're only 4 wks or so, so are safe for a bit longer! Can I introduce new females into an established group tho??
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Post by Suz on Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:32 pm

I would wait until they were 6/7 weeks old and keep the best 2 cock birds.

You get contradictory advice about adding to an established group, but I've successfully added to my hutch 4 times without any problems (had to add due to several bad hatches and needed to make a decent sized group).

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Post by Harrie on Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:45 pm

Just the cock birds and add unrelated females later Suz? Also how do I tell which are the best. My interest is for the table so would it be to simply keep the biggest??
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Post by Suz on Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:49 pm

sorry I would keep any girls and the 2 best cocks. Yeah, since their table birds I would presume that means keep the biggest birds.

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Post by Harrie on Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:51 pm

Thanks Suz. I've really got to go and do my ironing now - yuk!
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