Coturnix quail, also known as the Japanese quail, are a great option for urban and rural homesteads and farms. This species of quail are coveted for their fast growth rates and reliable egg laying.
Coturnix reach butcher weight between 6-8 weeks of age, and begin laying eggs between 7-8 weeks old. Most chickens don't start laying eggs until they are 6 months old!
These quail do best housed in ratios of 4-5 females per 1 male, however bachelor colonies can also be raised successfully. They have a very fast metabolism, and defecate much more than other poultry. For layer or pet flocks, we recommend feeding chick starter around 24% protein. Meat birds will convert feed more efficiently using game bird feed around 28% protein.
We have Celadon Coturnix Quail that lay a beautiful light blue egg with and without light speckling. We are now on our 5th generation of true blue layers, and our birds come in an assortment of feather colors and patterns such as English white, tuxedo, Pharoah, Italian, and Tibetan.