The Chinese Painted Quail is the most commonly used but actually the correct name of this lovely bird is Asian Blue Quail.
They’re also known as Blue-Breasted Quail or King Quail and even often called Button Quail by mistake which is a similar looking bird.
They come in various colors from blue and brown, silver, white, white and brown, grey, brown speckled and many other variations. The Chinese Painted Quail is native in South-east Asia, the West side of Oceania and in Australia. They can be seen on fields, in bushes, rice fields, on the side of rivers and lakes, in scrub-land in thick vegetation and between fern. Prefers low level plains but it can be found as high as 2000 meters above sea level as well.
The Chinese Painted Quail lives in monogamy. It’s a very family-centric bird with strong ties to his or her partner. Both parties take their part in the nest building process which is well hidden in the thick vegetation from the sniff and eyes of the predators. In the wild they lay 4-8 rusty-brown color eggs which take 17-19 days to hatch. The length of the pairing season will depend on the weather conditions and the King Quail can even lay twice in a season under optimal conditions. Their quail chicks are fully independent from their 8th weeks of age. The Chinese Painted Quail is mainly vegetarian eating various seeds but sometimes loves the odd bite of some crunchy insects or even invertebrates. They are very popular among bird keepers and breeders and the main reason for it is that the Chinese Painted Quail is known as the cleaner of the aviaries. They just keep running up and down in the bottom of the aviary until pick all the eatable remains up that their flying relatives drop. In captivity they will live around 5-7 years.
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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.