Jumbo Bobwhite Quail Chicks
Baby chicks hatching April to November.
Jumbo bobwhite quail grow to 12-14 ounces, over twice as much as the average wild bobwhite. They are very regularly used as a gamebird for hunting, to raise for release, or for dog trial training.
Description: Bobwhite quail are the most widespread of the six quail species found in the United States. Male bobwhite quail are brown with a pale belly and a white patch framed in black under the chin. Female have a caramel-colored patch instead. Bobwhites earn their name from their distinctive mating call.
Range: The bobwhite quail's range covers most of the midwestern and southeastern United States. While not as widespread as they were in the past, bobwhite quail are still a plentiful game bird.
Habitat: In late fall and winter, bobwhite quail depend on brushy areas for roosting and feeding. In spring and summer, bobwhite quail prefer fields and ponds for feeding, nesting, and roosting. When summer and fall come, bobwhite quail flock to cropland.
Status in the Wild: Due to a shift in land use practices, bobwhite quail aren't as common as they once were. However, bobwhite quail are very prolific, and their numbers are high in areas with appropriate habitat management.
Status in Aviculture: Bobwhite quail are easy to care for and breed when properly managed. Despite seasonal aggression, bobwhite quail are an all-around good gamebird due to their tender meat and good egg production.
Breeding: Bobwhite quail are one of the easiest quail species to breed. One male will often mate with five or six hens, and a mating will result in as many as fifteen eggs per hen.
Incubation: If there are any eggs your hens are not sitting on, transfer them to an incubator. Set the humidity to 70 and the temperature to 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the eggs once every day.
Lifespan: Bobwhite quail usually live for 1-2 years, but 2-5 and beyond is not unheard of under the right conditions.