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Quail item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
Pros - Great layers, they don't require much space, they don't make a lot of noise, friendly.
Cons - Males can be aggressive, jumpy.
_The males can be aggressive towards eachother, and they could breed with a female to her death, but this only depends on how many females per male you have, i'd say the best is between 3-5 females per male to ensure good egg fertilization.
_they are jumpy, i raise them on my rooftop and if one happens to escape the cage as i feed them, it could jump and fly for a good distance, usually when they do this the chances of finding them are very slim.
Pros - Lots of eggs! Easy to breed. Nice colours. Fast meat conversion. Fast growth and maturing. Can raise in small space. Taste great.
Cons - Males fighting, constant crowing, can fly down the street if spooked, chicks can die easily, you will suffocate from the smell of amonia.
Great bird overall due to excellent meat and egg production. No other quail can compare.
Pros - Great layers
Cons - Very aggressive, I've lost a few because of mean males
Pros - Lay lots of eggs in their first year, can be friendly, small and easy to care for, don't need a lot of space, always active, happy, and jumpy, and they're just so cute!
Cons - Egg production slows for most after the first year, males can be loud and crows can be unpleasant, can be flighty, males can be very aggressive.
Quail are really good birds to keep. They lay efficiently for the first year, and they're adorable! Although quail do have a few cons, they're easily cared for and don't need as much space as other birds do! Overall, if you are looking for a low-maintenance bird, then I think the Coturnix Quail is right for you!
Pros - cute, productive, delicious eggs, great meat, easy to butcher/clean, low maintenance
Cons - males can get aggressive, nervous, smelly, high mortality in chicks
When you consider the fact that I only got them for meat and eggs, they are absolutely five star birds. Those looking for chicken-like birds will be sorely disappointed. These are not birds that want to be held or make friends. They're not very bright, but they're a good addition to the farm for meat and eggs when properly cared for. My chicks had a fairly high mortality rate, but that may have been a problem with the supplier.
Pros - Tame,cute,lay lots of eggs,easy to catch,low maintenance
Cons - Don't sit on their eggs,males fight each other
They are cute and lovable they come in many colours and grow up fast
And don't need any special care they also lay delicious eggs
Pros - Require little space, Lay well (When it's warm), Quiet, cute
Cons - They spill their food EVERYWHERE! , Some will make a Dash,
We have four of these little birds. They are very Cute, as well as very quiet. They don't require much space. They all lay at a steady rate (When it is warm, as soon as the cold hits they shutdown) The main Con is that they spill their food EVERYWHERE. You have to have a pan (We used a Baking Sheet) under their feeder (If you have wire caging). One of ours tries to escape when I open the lid to the coop, she once did it while the cat was nearby, thankfully I grabbed the cat.
Pros - Easily tamed, small
Cons - Flighty, nervous
I have 3 mature Coturnix quails. If you raise them from a young age, they can be very tame and friendly and you ca handle them a lot but if you acquire them at an older age, they might be very skittish. These quail can fly very high but only for short periods of time.
For the best results, you should try incubating their eggs and raising some chicks. The chicks are really tiny and imprint very quickly, especially if you only have one. You must interact and handle them frequently or they will lose interest in you when they are adults. However, it is recommended that you should keep more than one individual, as they are quite sociable.
If you are new to raising quail, you might want to try out raising these delightful birds!
Pros - Fast Maturing, Great Layers, Dark Tasty Meat, Variety of Colors, Small, Quiet
Cons - Flighty (prone to injuring themselves), Smelly, Kill Grass, Messy, Finding Feed
We recently got half a dozen of these little birds in a variety of colors to keep primarily as pets and egg layers.
Because we've seen such a huge difference in temperament depending on color, I will describe each below.
Hands down our favorite variety. They are a good size, lay medium to large eggs, and are extremely bold and friendly. We initially got two, but both turned out to be males and we had to get a third female. All the whites are very easily handled and, when allowed out, don't try very desperately to escape our clutches. Our white female is actually very protective of her cage mate and has actually feigned injury to us to protect her (even though they are both girls).
The males we've had of this color were not male aggressive (meaning you might get away with having several males together as long as there are ladies to go around).
While not particularly important, our white male is the WORST tidbitter. He doesn't tidbit at all.
In my eyes, the prettiest of the varieties. Their dark beaks and pale faces give them a hawk-like expression, which is aided by their generally bold but flighty nature. Both of goldens (one male and one female) are very watchful. Our male is tamer than the female, but neither are very suitable for holding. Their eggs are medium sized and they tend to be smaller than the other color varieties (bigger only than the wildtype color).
Males of this color can be very aggressive with other males.
Again, while not very important, I love that our golden male is obsessed with tidbitting. He does his best to look after his ladies.
Our favorite egg layers. Our Tibetan was a big girl to start and lays large eggs (she has even given us several double yokers). She's a wild little thing but pretty. She shows the most potential for broodiness, which is important if you wish to have a bird raise chicks for you rather than an incubator. Our Tibetan hasn't been especially greedy with the food either, letting the male or her female cagemate eat the good tidbits.
We haven't had a male of this variety so I cannot say if they are good with other males or good with their hens.
The least favorite of them all. Our normal girl is small, lays small eggs, eats all the worms (greedy), and is flighty to boot. I can think of no reason to get this color variety over any of the others, UNLESS you are getting a jumbo brown (this color variety but bigger). At which point, bigger bird, bigger eggs, and probably tamer.
We haven't had a male of this variety so I cannot say if they are good with other males or good with their hens. But again, I can't think of why you would get this variety when there are better ones out there.
One of the major pros of having quail is their size. Because they are small, they have smaller space requirements and can even be kept indoors. As a rule of thumb, 1sq ft per bird is acceptable but I prefer to give them 2sq ft. Even at this spacing, they are lawn killers. High ammonia in their feces combined with their tendency to scratch holes for nesting means grass will not survive unless you move their run frequently. This problem can be remedied by keeping birds in solid bottom coops raised off the ground.
If you don't clean their cages on a regular basis, be prepared for a mighty stench.
The second major pro is how fast these bird grow. They mature in about two months, so eggs and meat become available very quickly. However, this growth rate requires high protein content that is hard to find locally or even online. Wild, these birds probably eat a substantial amount of insect as part of their diet. Offering them mealworms, waxworms, crickets, etc that you can buy at the petstore not only provides interesting variety, but also essential protein to their diet. Alternatively, scrambled eggs or ground beef can help if you find your feed isn't high enough in protein.
Be sure that your feed is NON-MEDICATED!!!