Getting California Quail-Legal??

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by Griffin Nest, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I was about to purchase some fertile California Valley Quail eggs on the internet, but i found out that they may be illegal. I can't get a straight answer from any website. What I've heard is that they are illegal to breed and hunt. I live in California and its our state bird. I'm NOT breeding them, I'm keeping them as pets in my backyard. So, is this legal to keep them as just pets? [​IMG]
     
  2. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how much trouble is it to do it if its illegal?
     
  3. FLOrange00

    FLOrange00 Out Of The Brooder

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    Check out the following link. They will have eggs available in a week or two. They do NOT designate any states that they WON'T ship to. Prices (for eggs): 30 for $72.90, 60 for $136.80, 100 for $227.00. That includes shipping. I pre-ordered 30 in February. They just hatched out last week. 23/30.

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/california_valley_quail_eggs.html
     
  4. Bev in Nevada

    Bev in Nevada Out Of The Brooder

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    it is my understanding that if you live in california, you cannot own California quail since they are native to california. However, you could own any other type of quail that is native to other states. With that said, if eggs are shipped to california, perhaps there is something some where stating that captive bred is ok? I bet the hatchery would know if you called them (link in prev post)
     
  5. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check with your state Department of Natural Resources. Here in Illinois bobwhite quail are native but I can own, raise and even sell them IF I have a permit (it's only $20 a year).
     
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  6. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It varies so much from state to state. Here in Michigan, bobwhites, which are native, require a permit, BUT there is a 12 or less for personal use/consumption exemption -- no permit if you don't breed or sell them and keep 12 or less at a time for your own "use".
     

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