Butler Bobwhite Quail

Butler Bobwhite Quail

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These semi-domesticated versions of the wild North American Bobwhite Quail are great for a small farm or the avian collector. Their natural and subtle beauty makes them a captivating addition to a bird collection and also makes them great for hunting. Butler Bobwhite Quail can also help in diversifying a farm operation by adding new products – Quail meat and eggs.

Over 30 years of breeding and management have gone into developing the Butler Bobwhite Quail line. These efforts have produced a version of the Bobwhite Quail that is truly all-purpose. Butler Bobwhite Quail are larger in size than wild Bobwhites and thus produce more high-quality quail meat. Beyond meat production, Butler Bobwhite Quail also produce more than 100 eggs annually. Eggs are solid white and are in high demand for gourmet markets. Butler Bobwhite Quail have been bred for hardiness.

Description: Butler Bobwhite Quail have a natural feral beauty with their brown patterned plumage. They have dramatic white and brown striping around the eyes, with males having a more striking pattern than females. Butler Bobwhite Quail have long and effective wing and tail feathers, giving them a strong flying ability. In general, these birds are less prone to panic and stress than their wild relatives.

Range: Wild Bobwhite Quail can be found throughout North America.

Habitat: Bobwhite Quail are very adaptable and seem to be comfortable living in proximity to human habitations. They seem to thrive in woody edges of meadows, within multiflora rose, abandoned farms, and unused agricultural fields.

Status in Aviculture: Bobwhite Quail are a favorite in aviculture, and these Giant Butler are particularly popular, due to their productivity and mild disposition.

Breeding: Bobwhite Quail are monogamous, and the Butler line matures at about 22 weeks. They are usually ready to lay at week 30.

Incubation: Butler Bobwhite Quail can successfully hatch and raise their own chicks, however, use of an incubator can produce more offspring. Incubation is 23-24 days.

Lifespan: Five years or more is a normal lifespan.

Size: This line of quail is one of the largest of all Bobwhites. Butler Bobwhite Quail usually mature between 14 and 18 ounces.

Housing Requirements: Adequate space and protection are necessary as the birds will fly, and they do not do well if overcrowded. Providing natural brush piles or hiding spots will make quail husbandry less stressful. Butler Bobwhite Quail are strong and hardy but should be provided with proper shelter in cold weather.

Diet: Quail need a 24% protein feed. A feed with protein derived from a meat source and with added B-12 can boost your success with these birds. They also appreciate the ability to forage.

Miscellaneous Notes: These birds have been very successfully used in training hunting dogs.

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