Quail for the urban farm
There are hundreds of different types of quail throughout the world. Out of all these types, there are two which are commonly kept on the urban farm. These two popular types are the Japanese Coturnix (Coturnix Japonica) and the Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus).
The Japanese Coturnix (Coturnix Japonica) also known as Pharoah, Jumbo, or Coturnix is an old breed of quail from Eastern Asia. They have been domesticated in Japan and the Orient since the beginning of the twelfth century and were initially bred for song. There are some records dating back to early Egyptian times with hyroglyphics showing the trapping of these birds as they had migrated back onto the mainlands. Today they are kept as and considered to be what is called a dual purpose bird. This means they can be raised for both egg production as well as for their meat.
|Male Coturnix quail (Left) and Female (Right)|
|Just hatched Coturnix quail chicks|
Care is very easy. Just provide with fresh water and a quality high protein gamebird feed. Coturnix quail do just fine living in a medium sized cage with a wire floor sheltered from extreme heat and cold winds.
Cheers ~ Kevin