I want to be sure I understand the process as it pertains to raising and breeding quail for my intended purposes.

**Goal**: produce a regular supply of eggs and meat for day to day consumption with some surplus for food storage needs (family of 4, two young children). Long-term goal is to breed for larger birds.

**Plan**: I will be starting from scratch with no quail and begin with hatching quail.

**Setup**: I will have three 4 x 2 ft cages and a brooder box. At least 1 of the 4 X 2 cages will be divided in two 2 X 2 cages, both of which would be for breeding (2 males & 10 females per cage).

Here is what I think I understand but please feel free to shoot holes in it or call out any concerns:

1. Incubate eggs until they hatch at 17-18 days

**18 DAYS** 2. Move all of the hatchlings to a brooder box with a density of 10-12 birds per sq. ft.

3. Keep quail in brooder box for 17-21 days

**35 DAYS** 4. Move all of the quail to a grow-out pen with a density of 3-4 birds per sq. ft.

5. Keep quail in the grow-out pen (4 X 2) for 17 days (roosters and hens together?)

**52 DAYS +** 6. Begin culling males. Cull all but 4 roosters.

7. Put 2 roosters and 10 hens in each of the two 2 X 2 cages – (breeding cages)

*To summarize, what I would have at this point would be:*

a. Two 2 X 2 cages with 2 roosters and 10 hens each – breeding cage

b. One 4 X 2 cage with X number of hens – unfertilized eggs

c. One empty 4 X 2 cage

d. One empty Brooder 8. Gather the desired amount of fertilized eggs…I will need to get a feel for this

9. Incubate and hatch eggs

10. Begin replacing roosters and hens from first hatch and start breeding for size.

11. When population density in the non-breeder cages exceeds 3-4 birds per sq. ft. begin harvesting birds as needed. (or build more cages

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