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Coturnix Quail

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  1. Banana55
    "Japanese quail"
    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
  2. The Duck Ladie
    "Good little Birds!"
    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.
  3. ChickenQuail007
    "Good but skittish"
    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!
  4. eggsbert
    "Great Starter Game 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!!!
  5. jchny2000
    "Perfect bird!"
    Pros - Eggs are great, meat is better.
    Cons - Finding game feed can be a challenge
    I raise coturnix for both eggs and meat. Easy to keep, non aggressive to people. Laws vary by state. For someone without a lot of room, its a great answer to fresh eggs! Really enjoyable birds, can be quite personable.
  6. ChickenAndMore
    "Coturnix Quail"
    Pros - Small, Prolific, Quite, Beautiful
    Cons - Flighty, Somtimes hard to keep alive when chicks
    These are a good breed of quail for beginners. They can lay eggs all year long if given the right conditions even on snowy and rainy days ( my chickens quit laying ). They are very quite and the males have a soft and beautiful "crow". My quails have recently been moved to quail run instead of a hutch and fly around crazily at times and I am afraid they will hurt themselves. My quail chicks sometimes do good and sometimes not so good. My first batch of quail I had 50 hatch and 45 lived another time I had 50 hatch and only 11 live. Overall a very good bird.
  7. TheCrazyClucker
    "Perfect quail breed!"
    Pros - Matures fast, great layers, excellent meat
    Cons - None that I can think of!
    The Coturnix quail is the best quail breed out there. They are great layers, which are small to medium in size. They mature fast, so you don't have to wait long to get meat out of them. Their meat is tender and delicious.
  8. eggspert
    "awesome quail"
    Pros - quiet, fun
    Cons - I can't think of any
    Fun to have in my backyard![​IMG]
  9. CochinBrahmaLover
    Pros - Fast growers, pretty 'crow', nice colors
    Cons - Jumpy, always want out, yet to find an egg!!!
    So these are the first quail we've ever had, but they seem pretty jumpy. I love the coloring, but if not properly socialised every day, they turn wild. They will thrust themselves at the door of the cage, to the point I think they're gonna kill themselves!!! I haven't found an egg yet, but I think I have all males anyhow. They ( guess due to lack of females??) have a pecking order that is pretty easy to see whose on top and whose on bottom, and fighting rarely accures. Overall there a good quail, come in many different colors which is a + in my book, and can be tamed if held often.
  10. StevenW.
    "Coturnix Quail"
    Pros - Come in a bunch of colors, friendly, lay lots of eggs
    I have just 9 coturnix quail and I just adore them! They are very friendly compared to the Bobwhites!

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