With the extreme heat, hatch rates may be lower than normal
The Japanese call the birds uzura, and have raised them for centuries. Early American colonists called them "Bible quail" and found them to be economical providers of protein. Modern homesteaders, however, refer to them as Coturnix from their generic name) and delight in the virtues of these astounding little fowl. Coturnix quail require no more care than chickens, but they mature faster, produce more eggs, need less food and space, and have more uses than virtually any other kind of domestic poultry!
Coturnix require a feed containing 21% to 25% protein (chicks require an even higher percentage). Such levels can be found in commercial turkey starter and game bird starter, but if you can't get these you can use a feed with less protein and supplement it with grain, sprouts, and bugs. (A small light in or near the cage will attract insects to your birds' "dinner table.")
The quail begin to breed and lay eggs at only four to six weeks of age, as opposed to the 20 to 24 weeks required for a chicken to begin producing. You should, of course, use only the biggest and best looking birds for breeding.
Why Coturnix Quail?
The most common reasons for keeping Coturnix Quail is for eggs and meat. The eggs are absolutely delicious and considered quite a delicacy. Once a hen begins laying, she will produce approximately 300 eggs over the course of a year (about 210 if you chose not to use supplemental lighting in the winter). The meat is also considered a delicacy, since quail are game birds. Quail mature so quickly that they reach their top weight at 8 weeks old.
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