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Title: Coturnix quail?
Post by: jackelope on August 10, 2020, 08:53:31 AM
Anyone raising Coturnix quail? Apparently we've got a dozen hatching eggs in an incubator that are headed our way once they hatch. My wife has agreed to take all the roosters from her friend because the friend just wants eggs. Wondering what the best dispatch method is for the little buggers. Looking forward to pickled eggs and some quail dinners in the future.

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Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: nwwanderer on August 10, 2020, 09:00:46 PM
There are lots of different lines, the get right with egg production and they are a step above other egg layers in the nutrition department, good luck!!
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: jackelope on August 10, 2020, 09:09:35 PM
She’s got the Celadon variety coming that produces the blue eggs.
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: Widgeondeke on August 10, 2020, 09:29:48 PM
Hold the body at the shoulders, pull the head. Just like rabbits, breaking the neck is simple.
Other option, use a small cone.  Insert head first, pull head and slice neck. Let them hang to bleed out. This is how I do checkens & turkeys  ;)
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: Birdguy on August 10, 2020, 09:37:08 PM
Raised thousands of them over the years. Celadons do not seem to lay as well as the normal ones. They are the "rats" of the quail world. Most lay an egg a day (some more) and start laying eggs at about 6 weeks old. You can have a thousand in a short time with an incubator. Eggs are good, lots of people with allergies to chicken eggs can eat quail eggs no problem. Incubation is 17 days. Fertility and hatch are usually very good if it slips get some new blood and it will go right back up. They are not good flyers, we used them for puppy training aids when we started. Do well in our winter, with a little light they will lay all year. The males have a neat call that is not loud and does not neighbors. Lol.

If you have questions ask away, by no means a coturnix expert but I do know a bit  :tup:.
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: Jpmiller on August 11, 2020, 05:41:10 AM
Hold the body at the shoulders, pull the head. Just like rabbits, breaking the neck is simple.
Other option, use a small cone.  Insert head first, pull head and slice neck. Let them hang to bleed out. This is how I do checkens & turkeys  ;)

I like the cone method but we use a sharp pair of two handed hedge trimmers and just take the whole.head off and let it bleed. Less room for error
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: jackelope on August 11, 2020, 06:01:21 AM
Raised thousands of them over the years. Celadons do not seem to lay as well as the normal ones. They are the "rats" of the quail world. Most lay an egg a day (some more) and start laying eggs at about 6 weeks old. You can have a thousand in a short time with an incubator. Eggs are good, lots of people with allergies to chicken eggs can eat quail eggs no problem. Incubation is 17 days. Fertility and hatch are usually very good if it slips get some new blood and it will go right back up. They are not good flyers, we used them for puppy training aids when we started. Do well in our winter, with a little light they will lay all year. The males have a neat call that is not loud and does not neighbors. Lol.

If you have questions ask away, by no means a coturnix expert but I do know a bit  :tup:.

Rats of the quail world, huh? Wife and her friend wanted the celadon for the pretty blue eggs :chuckle: .
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: KFhunter on August 11, 2020, 08:52:40 AM
I'd like a game bird incubator that'll do anything from small button quail to Pheasant, to maybe even bigger eggs?


any suggestions? 
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: jackelope on August 11, 2020, 09:06:50 AM
I'd like a game bird incubator that'll do anything from small button quail to Pheasant, to maybe even bigger eggs?


any suggestions? 

We don't have one, but my wife's friend who is incubating the quail eggs has a Brinsea. She's a chicken junky but has incubated quail eggs before in it. Hatches chicken eggs, shows chickens, has over 100 of them, kid heavily involved in 4-H poultry, etc.  I believe the biggest difference is humidity level, but I'm not sure of that. Bird Guy knows more about that than I do.
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: Birdguy on August 13, 2020, 09:49:15 PM
Raised thousands of them over the years. Celadons do not seem to lay as well as the normal ones. They are the "rats" of the quail world. Most lay an egg a day (some more) and start laying eggs at about 6 weeks old. You can have a thousand in a short time with an incubator. Eggs are good, lots of people with allergies to chicken eggs can eat quail eggs no problem. Incubation is 17 days. Fertility and hatch are usually very good if it slips get some new blood and it will go right back up. They are not good flyers, we used them for puppy training aids when we started. Do well in our winter, with a little light they will lay all year. The males have a neat call that is not loud and does not neighbors. Lol.

If you have questions ask away, by no means a coturnix expert but I do know a bit  :tup:.

Rats of the quail world, huh? Wife and her friend wanted the celadon for the pretty blue eggs :chuckle: .

We call them the rats as they reproduce very quickly and LOTS of them. We started with 10 8 hens and 2 roos and were hatching 50plus a week when we started. Our daughter was 2 or 3 and LOVED hatch day and helping get all the chicks out of the incubator. Now I keep a few just to prove incubator function and give to kids who come to the house and fall in love with birds. They are easy keepers and a kid getting eggs in weeks vice months with chickens is so cool to them.
Title: Re: Coturnix quail?
Post by: Birdguy on August 13, 2020, 10:00:28 PM
I'd like a game bird incubator that'll do anything from small button quail to Pheasant, to maybe even bigger eggs?


any suggestions?

KFhunter, most incubators will do all gamebirds and most farm birds that are not waterfowl. We have hatched from quail to peacocks in the same incubator. We have a couple GQF Sportsman incubators, they hold 1200 quail eggs or 400 chicken eggs, they auto rotate and have automated humidity system. Not perfect but way better than manually doing all that. I avoid the styrofoam incubators as they do not hold temp well with changes in ambient temps nor when opening to check water, and turn eggs. Brinsea males good incubators for sure. We bought one new in 2000 and bought the others used in 2002, and have been dependable hatching machines!