Coturnix quail, also known as Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica), are small, ground-dwelling birds native to East Asia.
They are popular for their fast growth rate and high egg production, making them widely used for commercial purposes in the poultry industry. They can produce more than 300 eggs a year. Though this number of eggs require artificial light through the winter. We do not provide light in the winter for our birds so they do stop laying in the fall.
Coturnix quail are highly adaptable and can thrive in various environments, including arid regions, grasslands, and agricultural areas. We keep our quail in an open aviary, as you may have seen in one of our reels or live videos!
These quail have a diverse diet, feeding on a mixture of grains, seeds, insects, and vegetation. Our open aviary provides grass and bugs. We also feed Kalmbach’s Wild flush feed.
Coturnix quail have a relatively short lifespan, typically living for about 2 to 3 years in captivity.
Because Corturnix Quail are imported and do not naturally live in the wild, they do not require a wild game permit in the state of Virginia, making them a great addition to a backyard flock! Varieties such as bobwhites and California Quail require wild game permits, adding an extra level of complication that some people may not want to venture into.
Why are all of our eggs BLUE?
Coturnix quail do not naturally lay blue eggs. The color of an egg is determined by the pigments present in the shell gland of the hen's reproductive system. Coturnix quail typically lay eggs with a cream or light brown shell color. However, it is possible to breed or select for quail strains that lay eggs with different shell colors, including blue. This is achieved through selective breeding, where individuals with desired traits, such as blue eggshell pigmentation, are chosen as parent birds for subsequent generations. This selective breeding process allows for the development of quail strains that lay blue eggs.
All of our Celadon Corturnix Quail were originally sourced from The ONE Egg to Rule Them All. Info can be Found on our Friends of the Farm page. If you are interested in obtaining some birds from us or them, feel free to reach out!