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. allygibbs73
    "I love them!!"
    Pros - Small, doesn't take up much space, quiet (even the males), easy to handle, doesn't fly much, don't smell bad, they each lay one egg a day to every other day, they can become great pets
    Cons - Timid and skittish if raised in a group, no matter how much you handle them. Will leave and never come back if they escape (except if they're tame, then they usually don't wander far). They poop a ton!
    These are lovely little birds with big personalities! I have 5 quail outside that lay eggs for me but they are pretty skittish and don't like to be touched (I tried to tame them but I kept them all together and they got skittish a couple days after they hatched). I have 1 tamed quail that lives inside with me. I only hatched one egg to purposefully tame the chick that hatched (in my experience they can only be tamed if raised alone with little to no contact with other quail chicks). She is 3 months old now and is a great pet. She'll sit with me quietly and maybe fall asleep, likes to sit on my shoulder, she LOVES jumping for lettuce I hang from the top of her cage, and would do anything for mealworms, I take her outside everyday to explore, forage, and dust bathe and I never have to worry about her running off, when it's time to go back inside I just walk over and pick her up no problem. She's so easy to handle, never runs away from people, will sometimes follow you (as chicks they will always try to follow you but when they mature they rarely do). I have 4 new chicks I just hatched and I've been keeping them separated to tame them. One will stay with Cricket my tame quail when I'm not home.
    Purchase Price:
    Usually $1 or less and egg??
  2. 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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  3. 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.

User Comments

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  1. Hubbyofbirdlady
  2. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    What about their egg prody=uction?
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. clawstar
    No roosting or going in at night by themselves
    Al least for mine...
  8. TheMerryYeoman
    Hey, Are you selling adult coturnix and do they ship ok? (speaking of choosing breeder stock) :)
  9. 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
  10. CochinBrahmaLover
    Sorry, just saw this D:
    No, not really. They crow pretty early though.

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