What's the biggest quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Horsefly, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Horsefly

    Horsefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thinking of raising some quail for meat and want to know what breed is the biggest and best for meat production. I have researched some and have found alot of people recommending corntex quail. I have researched them some and it seems they come in different colors and sizes but are still the same breed? I have also heard reference to A&M quail as being cortex quail but it seems they are different breeds? I am confused. So what is the hard and fast name color variation size whatever of the best quail for meat and possibly egg production. Thanks!
     
  2. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, folks, fasten your seatbelts, put your tray tables in the upright position, be sure to note the emergency exits, and prepare for a bumpy ride. I asked this question about a month ago.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=516962

    I guess this question results in "spirited debate."

    I think you might be confusing breed with species. The species is Japanese Quail aka Eurasian Quail aka Coturnix coturnix, or just plain old Coturnix to most people. Breed level would be "Texas A&M" or "Jumbo Brown" or "Tibetan" -- kind of like English Springer Spaniel or Doberman or Standard Poodle are all breeds of dog -- well, maybe -- some of those are probably just color variations and not breeds.

    The actually experts will be along shortly and set us both straight.
     
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  3. millebantam

    millebantam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just my observation, but the new codeword for the mythical giant quail is "Big Browns". Thank me later.
     
  4. JJMR794

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    Coturnix Are Coturnix Irreguardless Of Size And Color... Hope That Helps

    For The Most Bang For Your Buck Any Coturnix Will Do... Obviously Any Of The Jumbo Varieties Will Be A Slightly Bigger Bang
     
  5. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All of the colors are still coturnix. They are all the same for the most part. Coturnix are the most efficient. Mature faster, lay more, and they taste good. Bobwhites take a while to mature, don't lay as good, but taste better. I think you'd like coturnix.
     
  6. Horsefly

    Horsefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay so I just want to look for Jumbo Conturnix quail of any color variety. Do the jumbos need more space than the regulars?
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Nope
     
  8. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will eat more, and CRAP more thou.... Bill
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:YEP... AND LIKELY GROW FOR A WEEK OR SO LONGER THAN THE LIL MODELS...

    SEEIN'S AS YOUR NEW TO QUAIL I WOULD RECOMEND STARTING WITH A FEATHER SEXABLE COLOR SUCH AS BROWNS OR GOLDENS... MAKES IT EASIER TO SEX FOR NEWBIES.
     
  10. Horsefly

    Horsefly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Alot more or more just proportional to their size?
    JJMR794- thanks for the tip I will probably get browns because I think I read breeding golden to golden has a fatal gene or something.
     

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