The Blue Quail or also called African Blue Quail can be seen in well maintained gardens, parks, watery fields, on grasslands next to moist forests and also in swamps.
They do avoid excessively dry areas. These birds not only like plains like most other Coturnix species but thanks to their great climbing capabilities you can meet them anywhere up to about 5400 feet (1800 meters) above sea level.
Their nest is a scraped shallow hole in the ground padded with grass and well hidden in grassland. Lays 3-9 eggs and incubates for 16 days. The colour of their eggs is a mix of olive and brown. The cockerel fully supports the hen throughout the incubation period and also takes part in raising the little quail chicks.
The Blue Quail is first of all a vegetarian feeding on various seeds and only rarely, more like for dessert would consume insects.
British researchers say that eggs should be pronounced a super-food, as it has a very good impact on our health and even helps to fight obesity. According to nutritionists the egg as food is one of the richest in good in essential ingredients and we all should consume at least one a day. The Nutrition and Food Science magazine...
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.