Silver Bobwhite Quail Details
A Variation of the beloved Northern Bobwhite Quail, this beauty of a quail is silver in color across its back instead of the standard brown. One of the most recognized breeds in North America, the Northern Bobwhite is quickly becoming a rarity due to the loss of places for these little fighters to live.
Great for beginners, Silver Bobwhites are easy to keep and raise. They have the standard distinctive call of a Bobwhite and grow quickly, approximately 6 weeks to full size.
Breeding and Incubation: In the wild, bobwhites pair breed during the spring. They mature at 16 weeks but will lay the spring following their hatch. During the other months, the bobwhites travel in coveys of two or more families. Both the hens and males choose their breeding grounds and select their nesting materials. Two or three females may share one nest, which can contain from 12-20 solid white eggs. Incubation lasts 23-24 days.
Diet: Silver Bobwhite Quail require a diet high in protein. In the wild, northern bobwhites forage the grounds for seeds and insects. It is recommended to feed them a game bird starter of at least 24%, although 28-30% is preferred. If a game bird starter is not offered in your area, a turkey starter of the same protein can be used as an alternative. Many game bird breeders feed their bobwhite quail the starter feed for the bird's entire life, however, you can switch to a game bird maintenance of lesser protein during the offseason if you decided to do so.
Lifespan: The longest known lifespan in the wild was 6 years however the normal span is 8-12 months on average. In captivity, it is longer.
Mature Weight: 6 to 7 ounces
Housing Requirements: Bobwhites do well in aviaries or battery cages. If placed in an aviary setting, do add some shrubbery and hide out areas for them. Roosts are recommended.