Jumbo vs. Standard coturnix

Discussion in 'Quail' started by MeadQuail, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. MeadQuail

    MeadQuail In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2013
    So i am new to quail. I have a couple questions. What is the difference between Jumbo coturnix quail and non jumbo's besides the size difference. Do jumbo's hatch and mature at the same rate? or does it take longer? I plan on raising quail for meat and I've read that coturnix mature at 6 weeks and are ready for butcher then.

    If Jumbos do take longer to mature when do they? Also is it better to get them for meat or are normal coturnix better?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Kylesquails

    Kylesquails Chirping

    Sep 7, 2012
    they are the same species. i think just been bred by selecting the biggest quails over time increasing the size.
  3. havensteinjohn

    havensteinjohn In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2013
    Can you raise Jumbos and regulars in the same pen?
  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Songster

    Jan 6, 2013
    Welcome to the one thing you will become so obsessed with, that it will NOT drive you nuts. Here is a conversation that took place not too long ago. In the thread, they were comparing "jumbos" from one hatchery compared to another hatchery. This basically proved that not all jumbos are the same.
    And they do hatch and mature at the same rate. I have them for eggs and meat. I have the Texas A&M's from the hatchery that they discussed (JMF) and they outweigh the Texas A&M's from another hatchery (that I will not name).

    You can, but if you are breeding them for meat, you will not want your "regulars" in with the Jumbos to breed. You will be reversing the "jumbo" trait that took somebody years to perfect.

    Edited to add, In breeding Jumbos, it is best to use the largest of males with the largest of hens to continue the jumbo trait. Breeding average size quail will produce average size quail. You may want to keep the less than jumbo hens for egg production and not for breeding.

    I hope this helps both, and welcome to the Quail forum on BYC!
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2013
  5. MeadQuail

    MeadQuail In the Brooder

    Sep 6, 2013
    Thanks for the response and the info. I am really looking forward to raising quail.
  6. jazzybio13

    jazzybio13 In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2014
    Does anybody have a picture of the two sizes standing side by side? And is the sq ft requirement changed for the jumbos?

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