The Jumbo Browns I ordered a certified as a James Marie line. The sure do look impressive, don't they? I ended up changing sources today for one of my orders because I just found out that the source I had in NC decided to refund my money with no communication. I am getting all of my eggs now from Orchard Hill Poultry out of GA. 50 Jumbo Brown and 50 TX A&M White. I wanted some variety to see what interesting crosses breeds I develop. I intent to breed true lineage of each bird as well - it's not absolutely necessary to recreate the wheel, but it sure can be fun.I am planning on doing the same thing I only have eight 9 day old jumbo brown Coturnix quail at the moment. I have 60 eggs on order from James Marie Farms 30 jumbo meat maker and 30 jumbo recessive white. I am ordering a 3 cage 4 section batterie cage from Wynola Ranch they look like really nice quail cages. I also have a new double stacked rabbit cage with a 1/2” wire floors and clean out pans for back up. Can’t wait to get started with the new order. One thing I see from the 8 quail I have is wow do they ever poop a lot sheesh.
Do you use just sand? I know many people offer dust baths for chickens can be as simple as just sand or very complex containing specific ratios of peat, dirt, DE, wood ashes, and who knows what else.Anyone who keeps quail on wire, be sure they have sandboxes and some brush to hide under. The sandboxes help keep them parasite-free and give them a place to stand that's not on wire, and the brush lets them hide and have a bit of enrichment. Production birds need enrichment too.