Coturnix Quail

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    There are many colors including Jumbo Brown, Tuxedo, White, British Range, and Manchurian.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    These quail are often referred to as Japanese, Pharaoh, or Biblical quail. It is said that the weak birds were captured while flying over the Mediterranean Sea and then domesticated by the Egyptians.
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  • [​IMG]this is a picture of a male notice the chest is all a rusty red color.

    [​IMG]this is a picture of a female notice all the speckles on her breast

    Breed Details:
    The birds as chicks need a 26% or higher non-medicated Game Bird Starter(GBS). They need a drown proof waterer and feed. As adults they weight between 8 and 14 ounces. There are Jumbo varieties and regular which weighs less. They will lay all year round if given 14 hours of light a day. LED Christmas lights work great for this. They mature in 6-10 weeks, and will lay very often unlike the clutches laid by bobwhites. While they are not good for dog training they are much more efficient for meat and egg purposes. They hatch in 16-18 days and need 45% humidity for the first 14-15 days and then 60%+ for lockdown. These are great for a beginner wanting to raise game birds as they are less aggressive. All colors of coturnix are the same. They may look different, but they lay the same and taste the same. They are great for cleaning up the bottom of an aviary and they make great pets.






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Recent User Reviews

  1. Indyshent
    "Entertaining little dual purpose birds"
    Pros - Small, don't eat much, lay beautiful eggs frequently, quiet, adorable, come in many colors
    Cons - Can be flighty and difficult to tame, small eggs and not much meat when you're used to chickens and turkeys, prone to predation
    I've kept five quails so far and raised none from chicks. I've heard they're fairly easy to tame, but I didn't have much luck with this. I've housed them in smaller cages, large aquariums and outdoor runs with pheasants. Never saw any aggression from these birds.

    They're fascinating to watch and listen to and have a stunning array of vocalizations, including a call that reminded me of laser gun noises from old shows. Their "crow" is very odd but much quieter than a chicken's.

    They won't roost but relish dust baths and are super cute when bathing... or doing pretty much anything else.

    I would eventually like to get more of them.
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  2. dustingebhardt
    "Great overall birds for eggs and meat"
    Pros - Small foot print, good egg producer, solid meat yield, fast turn around from egg to freezer
    Cons - eggs are small, only a few ounces of usable meat per bird
    These little birds fill a great niche for me. I live in a suburb and require birds that don't make too much noise. I need a bird that produces a good amount of eggs and meat, while requiring a modest amount of feed and caring. The Coturnix Quail fits the bill for me.

    The produce almost 1 egg per day, as long as they get enough light. I supplement their light in the morning and evening, so this hasn't been an issue for me. I typically equate 4 quail eggs to 1 large chicken egg. At roughly 6 to 10 week old, they are big enough to harvest for meat. After skinning and dressing, I end up with about (an estimated) 4 to 6 ounces of usable meat per bird.

    I usually run a batch of 40 every 3 weeks. The eggs hatch in 16-18 days, then they spend the next 21 days in the brooder. Then they spend the next 21 days in my aviary, at which point I begin harvesting the majority of the males.
  3. Master Quaillius
    "Excellent Bird!!"
    Pros - Lays delicious eggs, friendly, can be kept as pets, taste pretty good if eaten
    Cons - Males are very noisy and require lots of females, females are noisy if not kept with others, spill a lot of food and make a mess (although that can be easily fixed)
    Please remember that every animal is an individual and this is MY experience with MY quail. Most quails are like this, though some can be vastly different.
    I own currently 1 golden coturnix quail which lays delicious, brown eggs every day. She is kept as a pet/for her eggs too. She came from a butchery and has experienced a lot of trauma but that has all but been reversed. She is a very smart animal and loves to learn new tricks. Bad thing about her and other domesticated quail is they will never go broody. She doesn't care about her eggs and doesn't sit on them either. She is almost 5 months old now, and she has a lot of instinctual behaviours still. She hates bathing in water, loves to bathe in sand and loves different types of vegetables. She crows loudly if she is lonely, but that rarely happens.
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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    What about their egg prody=uction?
  2. 1611
    I have brown Coturnix Quail. Is there a difference between the Jumbo and Brown Coturnix Quail? Mine get pretty large but not as big as some of the pictures I’ve seen. Is there a difference even though they look the same? I also have the Italian Coturnix Quail. The guy I bought them from said they were Jumbo’s also. I’m confused, what makes a Jumbo Coturnix Quail anyway? Thanks, Ira
    1. PoultreeKing
      Jumbo means big in size, if they are larger than normal quails then they should be jumbo
      PoultreeKing, Jul 18, 2017
  3. nightowl223
    You should really get more than one Coturnix. They are very social critters, and would need at least a partner, if not several more, to be with.
  4. nightowl223
    I'm not sure what variety blondechicken22 had, but Coturnix quail will start laying eggs at 8 weeks old. Some can definitely be jumpy, especially if you get them as adults and they weren't socialized. If you can raise them from little ones and keep socializing with them the entire time, they will be much tamer.
  5. nightowl223
    I have also found there are occasionally aggressive females, too. I have needed to cull some of them in one or another bloodline. I just make sure no aggressive critter of any variety is allowed to pass along their genetic material, and I always seem to manage to breed out any aggressiveness.
  6. clawstar
    No roosting or going in at night by themselves
    Al least for mine...
  7. TheMerryYeoman
    Hey, Are you selling adult coturnix and do they ship ok? (speaking of choosing breeder stock) :)
  8. Tammy N
    I have had Jumpy Quail that is not any fun the ones i got from Robby at JMF are tame and love bugs and HUGE
  9. CochinBrahmaLover
    Sorry, just saw this D:
    No, not really. They crow pretty early though.
  10. keepmumsane
    Great info just about to put eggs in the incubator thanks!

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