Japanese Quail are an incredibly popular breed of quail for hobbyists, amateurs and professionals alike. Being quick growing, they can be breed and matured in about 6 weeks, making them an ideal education creature.
Incubation: 17 to 18 days.
First 15 days at 37.5°C and turning at least 3 times a day (manual turning) or use automatic turner.
At day 15 stop turning / remove turner and place eggs into ‘lockdown’. Increase humidity in incubator to 70%. Once hatching begins, don’t open the incubator until all chicks have hatched or 3 days have passed from first hatch.
Quails will begin laying eggs after approximately 50 days from hatch. In year 1, the hens will lay about 200 eggs.
Quail are classed as mature at 6 weeks of age. This is also the approx age when butchery should take place.
Male Quails will weigh 100g to 140g
Female Quails will weigh 120g to 160g
Japanese Quails will live for 2 to 2.5 years.