How to Raise Coturnix Quail

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Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail in Blue Ridge Georgia

The Jumbo Brown Coturnix is the quail to raise if your goal is meat for the table or if you are looking for a high quality pet food. My quail are raised without any medications or additives and they are raised on wire to keep disease down to a minimum. Many people believe that raising quail on the ground is more natural and better for the bird, but if the only area you can provide for the quail is small, this isn't true.

First, the Jumbo Brown Coturnix quail is not readily adaptable to the wild any longer. The natural survival instincts of these birds have been bred out of them over may years. Believe me. I tried releasing them around my farm and weeks later they were still wandering around the farm. Slowly but surely they disappeared. I assume they became a meal for the local wildlife and stray cats.

Second, raising the Jumbo Brown Coturnix quail on the ground in a confined area keeps them walking in their own manure and will lead to an outbreak of disease and increased mortality in your flock. In the wild, coturnix quail are able to move around and avoid the manure. While raising them on wire has some negative aspects, such as injured feet occasionally, the positives outweigh the negatives in my opinion.

I wrote a small book, "The Original - How to Raise Coturnix Quail" back in 2009 and I will send it to you for free. It's in PDF format and has some good information for those just getting started. For your copy, send a request to

In addition to the book, you can feel free to write me for information or opinions that may not be included in the book. I look forward to helping you on your journey.



Recipes for Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail

Here are some excellent ways to prepare your Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail.  While the old standard method of wrapping a piece of bacon around the bird and either throwing it on the grill or in the oven will work, there are some better ideas out there.  If you try something good let me know and we'll put your recipe on the site and give you credit for sending it in!

Sausage stuffed Quail

Bacon-wrapped with bourbon-pepper-jelly glaze

Mushroom stuffed quail

Grilled Texas quail

Hot pickled quail eggs

Baby greens salad with quail eggs

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