To see a Rain Quail, also called Black-breasted Quail in the wild you would have to walk around in India, mainly in the Indus valley or the western parts of the Indo-Chinese peninsula.
Their main habitat is on graze lands, fields with short grass and under bushes, scrubs. Most of them move further south for the winter months.
The male has a black breast patch and a quite distinctive head pattern of black and white, a lot stronger but similar to the European Quail. The black patch on the female Rain Quail’s breast is more delicate however, sometimes can be hard to separate them.
Their main breeding season starts in June, after the break of the south-westerly monsoon. The Rain Quail will lay 6-8 eggs mostly in scraped holes in the ground and the female incubates them for 18 days. The quail chicks will leave the nest on the day of hatching.
They feed on various seeds and invertebrates.
The Rain Quail is of a tremulous and uneasy nature.
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The Breeding Stock There are generally two main methods of breeding that are normally practiced in quail breeding. One is when you have mixed sex quails in a cage/ housing. The male-female rate should be 1:2.5 which means 4 quail cockerels to 10 quail hens. If you breed quails on a larger scale or don’t have the time necessary to spend on the other...
We get a lot of emails in which you guys ask how to sex quails i.e. how to tell which one is a male or a female. I have a bit of time now so I'll give you a little guide here.
The following guidance and drawings will describe you in detail how to build a simple quail cage that will hold up to 12 Japanese or Jumbo Japanese Quail. This size should be enough to provide healthy quail eggs for a small family.
If we want to keep Japanese quails for eggs on a small scale we have pretty much 3 options as to where to keep them. The first two options are maybe fancier but these will produce the least amount of eggs for your family. We won’t discuss them in detail but we’ll mention them anyway.