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Age Of Maturity Of Male Birds

| January 18, 2011

The age of maturity of male birds will differ between species of birds. The maturity refers to the age at which the males reach sexual maturity and will start breeding with their female partners. Quail = about 60 days old. Hen = about 6-8 months old. Partridges = male grey partridges mature from about 10-12 [...]

Age Of Maturity Of Female Birds

| January 13, 2011

The age of maturity of female birds will differ between species of birds. The maturity refers to the age at which the females reach sexual maturity and will start laying eggs and breeding with their male partners. Quail = about 50 days old (I have observed that female Japanese quail will start to lay eggs [...]

Advice About Incubating Chukar Partridge Eggs

| December 20, 2010

I have been asked for advice about incubating chukar partridge eggs. Hi all, I am new at this forum and almost as new with raising Chukar partridges. I live in Australia and we dont have alot of info or support with regards to getting Chukar out and about! Hope someone can help Have 6 pairs [...]

Learning About Golden Pheasants

| April 21, 2010

Scott from Ozark Bantams website has sent me a message about his golden pheasants and as I have only seen golden pheasants on a petting farm I was interested to learn more about them. I raise golden pheasants, and I can say they are a pleasure to keep. The males are always showing off and [...]

How High Can Peafowl Jump With Clipped Wing?

| February 17, 2010

I was recently asked about the affects of wing clipping on peafowl, Hello How high will peafowl jump with a clipped wing to tertiary feathers Many thanks. Sue I don’t have experience of peafowl or of clipping wings as I have never clipped my guinea fowl, hens or ducks wings, so am unsure of the [...]

Incubating Gambel’s Quail Eggs

| February 2, 2010

Gambel’s Quail are are found in arid areas of the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. The Gambel quail egg is a pale buff to white colour with moderate pink/brown spots. Incubating Gambel’s Quail Eggs Incubation period = 21-23 days Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F Humidity = wet bulb of 83 F If [...]

Incubating Quail Eggs From Different Quail Breeds

| February 1, 2010

I was recently asked about the incubation period and temperature and humidity levels for incubating eggs from different quail breeds. Japanese Coturnix Quail Incubation period = 17 days Temperature = approximately 99.5-99.9º F Humidity = wet bulb humidity of around 84-88º F Bobwhite Quail Incubation period = 21-24 days usually 23-24 days Temperature = approximately [...]

White Barb Pigeons

| November 15, 2009

I was recently asked a question relating to incubating pigeon eggs and in answering the question I have begun to learn abit about white barb pigeons. good day, will my pigeon eggs spoil if they dont lie on them for the first day or two after laying? Chappy Hi Chappy, Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and [...]

Guest Appearance – Golden Pheasants By Allandoo Pheasantry

| November 10, 2009

Zoe A. Hunter from Allandoo Pheasantry is a breeder of ornamental and rare species of pheasant. Zoe has written about the Golden Pheasant. The most popular of the Ornamental Pheasants to keep in an aviary is undoubtedly the Golden Pheasant. It is not difficult to see why as the colours of this bird are dazzling. [...]

Sallie’s Golden Pheasant Chicks

| July 16, 2009

Sallie is a “farmingfriends” friend who I have made friends with since she visited my website to find out about splayed legs in quail. Sallie keeps quail and pheasants and I have enjoyed seeing the photos of the chicks and hearing about their progress and learning about the differences in the breeds. Dear Sara,   [...]