It is believed that this breed of quail was the same that Moses and the Israelites ate in the wildreness. A complete history is available at http://www.blpbooks.co.uk/broad_leys_books/keeping_quail._extract.php
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Jumbo Brown Pharoah/Cortunix
- Average User Rating:
The Jumbo is quite larger than the standard Pharoah or the XLD1. There are threads on BYC comparing weights. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=325114 Personally I have had cortunix quail since the 1970's. Just recently reaquired some. My birds are 7.2 ounces at 5 weeks. Will update at 8 weeks.
Recent User Reviews
Pros - Are meat and egg mature at 6 weeks
The jumbo Brown Couturnix are my favorite bird breed by far. At 6 weeks old they start laying eggs and boy do they ever lay well. You can also butcher them at 6 weeks old and get about a half pound of meat which is alot for quail. Their mating calls sound neat and they are very calm compared to alot of quail breeds.
"A+ Jumbo Brown Cortunix"
Pros - fast growing, lots of eggs
Cons - myths
Jumbo Coturnix (Japanese Quail) a fast-growing, excellent entry level "game" bird for meat and eggs.
incubation time is very short, chicks grow very fast and with good stock and strict husbandry efforts a decent covey of birds can be propagated to produce meat, eggs and new stock.
Many different breeders have created "call names" for their birds. These, sometimes colorful, "call names" may have in time evolved into "lines" or "strains", e.g.,. XLD1, James Marie, etc
Basically, the "Jumbo Browns" are the larger Japanese Quail.
When looking for quality foundation stock it may be best to search out multiple breeders and split your order of hatching eggs amongst several.
If you order hatching eggs via web or mail make sure to ask the breeder several questions.
- What are the exact weights of your breeder birds?
- What is the hen to cock bird ratio?
- How fresh are the eggs I will receive?
- How big are the eggs I will receive?
- What color birds will I receive and will they breed true?
- Is there a guarantee on package shipping and delivery date?
The Quail forum is a great place to start.