Our quails are Jumbo Coturnix quails. These started as a 4H project for my daughter. We have a mix of colors, Shannon prefers the white and grey birds over the standard brown! Ours lay brown speckled and celadon eggs.
This project is 100% on Shannon (ok, I help some, too!) We easily hatch eggs, they take only 18 days! We use a small incubator that can fit 80 quail eggs! Shannon is trying to make certain color combinations, but we really enjoy hatching the little baby quails.
The quails are hatched in a small incubator in the house. Depending on the outdoor weather, the birds spend at least a week inside in brooder tubs in our incubator room. Once they are big enough to go outside, they still stay on supplemental heat for a while.
Growth and Feeding
The quails have several different coops around the farm. We have a 4 story coop in the barn for them for winter time. This allows space for a grow out row for the smaller quails, a few levels for the breeding groups, and a level for the bachelors - the extra boys that become food.
We feed 28% Game Bird feed to our turkeys and quails, and baby chicks
We feed a 20% layer pellet to adult birds.