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Discussion in 'Quail' started by StevenW., Dec 12, 2010.
Whats the best breed for beginners?
I will say for friendly, cuddly, and birds you can tame....Japanese Coturnix
If you want birds that are pretty and fun to stare at and giggle at the sounds they make....Chinese Blue Breasted "Button" Quail
They have to be outside birds not inside like the button...
Coturnix... Hands Down No Question Easily The Most Docile And Handleable Of All Quail Speces
Coturnix are the best to start out with. Little to no aggression, and are tame. Plus they can tolerate cold climates.
I started with Japanese Coturnix a couple months ago, and to spite being a complete noob, and not the brightest crayon in the box, I have yet to kill or injure a single bird My hens are outside 24/7 and produce eggs like clockwork. I highly recommend Coturnix.
To save money, and because I am a beginner, I did buy adult birds. I has worked out perfect for me. I didn't have to wait for eggs to hatch, and I didn't have to buy an incubator or a build a brooder. Plus, learning how to care for adult birds is a good step one. Someday I would love to raise a batch of birds from egg to adult. However, caring for the adults is a great way to work yourself up to that challenge. Also, the investment is cheaper if you change your mind.
I've had Georgia Giants, Northerns, & Jumbo Brown Coturnix. I highly reccomend the Coturnix for their mellowness. I still raise them & got rid of the "spastic" breeds.
I'm chiming in to say that coturnix are easy to keep. My experience is "only" with coturnix & button quail (as far as quail goes, anyway. I've had chickens, ducks, geese, guineas...)
Of all the birds I've had in my life, coturnix are the single EASIEST to deal with.