Pharaoh Coturnix Quail may be the definitive dual purpose birds. They lay lots of eggs, are an excellent and delicious source of protein, they are quiet, easy to care for, they have a sweet sound, and are calm, docile animals.
Pharaoh Coturnix Quail were first imported to the United States from Japan in the 1850s. They were raised on farms, but also released into the wild. Still today, some people raise them as game birds, for release.
Pharaoh Coturnix Quail hens will lay approximately 300 eggs per year, beginning at about 6-8 weeks of age.
Many people who live in cities with chicken ordinances have found quail to be a legal and, in some ways, preferable alternative. Because Pharaoh Coturnix Quail need little space to thrive, they can be healthily raised in cages in confined areas, such as a garage or shed.
Both quail meat and quail eggs, especially pickled quail eggs, are often considered delicacies.
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