The beautiful topknot is really a cluster of six overlapping feathers. Many people raise them primarily because they’re pretty birds, with different color patterns of gray, cream, and chestnut. Raising Quail for Eggs. They are best kept on the ground as they flush easily, they need brush piles and … It’s like raising mini chickens; they have the same basic needs of fresh water, feed, and predator-proof housing, but much easier because of their small size. I was so enamored by their comical topknots, I included a California Valley Quail into my children’s book.
They are very nervous birds and stress very easily. You also may need a permit from you state department of fish and game depending on the size of your quail “covey” (a group of quail) and what you plan to raise them for. Great tips on how to pick the right breed, how to raise healthy quail, equipment needed, health problems, housing setup and more!

Topic: California Valley Quail (Read 6831 times) Ranger. California Valley Quail « on: April 01, 2007, 11:08:36 AM » I am from northern Kentucky and I spoke with a breeder in California yesterday. We’ve had Coturnix Quails (also known as Japanese Quails), for a month now, and I can truly say they are pretty fun little birds. Five quail eggs is equal to one chicken egg in volume. They have brown, tan, gray, and white feathers. Raising Backyard Quails. California quail need a lot of space and don't do well on wire. California animal laws are pretty weird. He also said that someone contacted them from Michigan and offered to purchase all that they could produce. Quails require less space, less food and less care and they can be kept in both rural and urban area.

It is very easy to sex a quail, roos will have a rust and solid colouring on their chest feathers, while a hen will have speckled chest feathers. A couple of hens have started to lay at 7 weeks old. BirdEden lists some very interesting facts about the California valley quail. Oddly for a quail, hens sometimes nest on broken stumps and in other elevated sites. Nov 21, 2016 - Explore parkin0597's board "Raising Quail", followed by 191 people on Pinterest. Raising Quail can be a fun and rewarding experience, but there are a few key differences from chickens that must be noted or problems can quickly wreck havoc in your flock. Gambel’s Quail may be kept and bred as described here for California Quail (Please see Part I also). 30 Extremely Astonishing Facts About the California Valley Quail. After about 9 months, the productivity will decline; most quail live for less than a year in captivity. Like many bird species, female quails are less dramatically colored than males. Quail eggs are about one-fifth the size of a chicken egg and have brown spotted shells.

They can be sexed as early as 3 weeks. They are great alternative to chickens or ducks and their eggs are of good quality. California quail are not the best birds to start out with if you are unfamiliar with quail. Its teardrop-shaped plume and markings on its body contribute greatly to its beauty. Gambel Quails are as aggressive as their Bobwhite counterparts and require about six months to mature. And the New World Quail, or quail native to North and South America are found in the family Odontophoridea. California Quail. The Old World Quail are a great place to start in raising quail but there may be a few reasons to choose New World Quail. Its teardrop-shaped plume and markings on its body contribute greatly to its beauty. Between the ages of 2 and 8 months a female quail will lay about one egg a day, and can lay between 150 and 300 eggs per year. Some districts prohibit raising quail entirely, so check your municipal zoning codes as well.
But take note, the New World Quail need an … Guest. While raising quail has a lot of parallels to that of raising chickens , there are quite a few differences in how to go about it.

Some of the most popular quail breeds for backyard farmers are the Northern Bobwhite Quail, the Cortunix, and the California Quail (which just-so-happens to be California’s state bird)! The California quail is a small ground living bird in the New World quail family.

With 8 quails, we can get a handful of eggs a day. They are very nervous birds and stress very easily. But they do enjoy a box to duck inside of or shrubbery in their space. The California quail is truly a sight to watch. The California Quail is a handsome, round soccer ball of a bird with a rich gray breast, intricately scaled underparts, and a curious, forward-drooping head plume. Raising quail for eggs and also for meat is gaining popularity day by day.