by MrQuail » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:41 am . Price: Californian quail - $40.00 each incl GST. Although we provided small nests lined with wood shavings and straw, our quail hens preferred to lay their eggs beside their nesting boxes. First considered a subspecies of the common quail, it is now considered as a separate species. Quick view Auckland Closing on Sunday, 13 Dec. Mixed Chicks $2.00 Asking price. I have two separated males and my luck in the past of finding a female has not turned out good as they ended... Join Sign in Sign up. With proper care, hens should lay 200 eggs in their first year of lay. However, quail are still the most common of the introduced upland game birds and are found in both islands. I bought Japanese (also called coturnix) quails which are normally used for meat and egg production as they are the largest of the quails and produce 12-14g eggs. Each and every egg had a different pattern of dark brown splashes of colour on a blue-green background. None of the three females went broody during the whole laying season. ■ Females start to lay 6-7 weeks after hatching. Imagine the thrill of seeing the regal pheasant, the king of game birds, established on your property. North Lakes, QLD . cookieeeeeee has uploaded 157 photos to Flickr. As Japanese Quail are available in a variety of colours I found it difficult to identify the male before he started to mate with the females. Contains no Coccidiostat (antibiotics). 1920s Canterbury, when coveys in excess of 100 birds were frequently recorded. The male quail is very active and can be observed mating with his girls many times per day, holding the female by the feathers on the back of her head. Japanese Quail are available in a variety of colours. Once the tiny chicks hatch they need to be transferred to a small brooder with a heat source, such as the 40Watt incandescent lightbulb we use for warmth. Japanese quail are much smaller than bantams and just the right size for a cat to catch and eat so covering their pen protects them from predators too. Japanese quail are hardy birds that thrive in small cages and are inexpensive to keep. We also found that in a small pen, unless there are hiding places, it is almost impossible to introduce additional birds. I am in NZ for 6 years now and made great progress breeding four different breeds of Coturnix, but progress has flattened off as I have to have limited numbers and equally good genetic material is not available in NZ. It was, in fact, the second species to become extinct within European times, being preceded by Dieffenbach's rail of the Chatham Islands. The size difference of a domestic hen chick vs. a Japanese Quail chick. Girls are laying. Once these tiny chicks hatch they need to be transferred to a smaller brooder with a heat source. A few days after ordering, a box arrived from the other end of New Zealand containing 18 very well-wrapped quail eggs which looked like small works of art. You can also check out Trade Me for different breeders, or contact your local poultry & pigeon club. Quail eggs are much smaller than your average chicken egg, weighing about 9 grams while a (large) chicken egg weights about 50 grams. Know what’s happening Access the private noticeboard for verified neighbours near you. Quail chicks grow rapidly and feather up very quickly. Do PM me if you need me! ■ Their decorative eggs fetch a high price in relation to the production costs due to their novelty value. 6 Japanese quails for sale. Identification. Japanese Quails. They are affected by common poultry diseases but are fairly disease resistant. rnalexander@quicksilver.net.nz 06 837 8721. Ecological and economic aspects. Some lovely colors - white, peachy colour as well brown with white flecks. 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