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. These birds breed true about 95% of the time, and come in an assortment of feather colors and patterns.