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Alchemist Blue Quail
Country of Origin: USA
Primary Use: Meat Eggs Companionship
Bird Size: 10-15 oz
Egg Production: During spring and summer these quail will lay 6 eggs a week, if given supplemental light they will lay year round, potential for 300 eggs a year. If no supplemental light is given they will taper off egg production in the fall as the days grow shorter and will pick back up again in the spring.
Egg Size: very small
Egg Color: Blue with brown speckles (98% true in coloring)
Coloring: Birds are in all colorings and feather types
Hardiness: Heat and Cold Tolerant
Temperament: good if feel protected and safe.
Alchemist Blue Quail are a type of domesticated Coturnix quail originally from Alchemist Farm and come in all feather types. These quail breed 98% true in their blue egg laying ability with the spotting of the Coturnix.
Have you ever wondered about raising quail? Want to have food security? Quail is the answer! Quail are a type of domesticated fowl, a game bird.
Why raise quail?
- Self Reliance – you can raise them for eggs and meat. They mature at six weeks, which is simply amazing! Laying eggs at 8 weeks and over 200-300 per year! They can be processed for meat at 6-8 weeks. We learned that processing is not hard, no special equipment needed.
- Simplicity – quail can be raised in “captivity”, as in they demand protective housing at all times. They don’t do well free ranging and are not like chickens. If let out they will not return. They have a lot more predators that are interested in them. Quail like the security of protective housing and are not as stressed if they feel safe. Remember stressed birds tend to have lower immunity and more susceptible to getting disease. You can look up some coop ideas online, they can have an outdoor coop with access to fresh ground or on a porch, patio, or in a home or apartment!
- Cost Effective – they are quiet compared to other fowl, and make a lovely chirp like a wild bird, you can raise them on a patio or porch and wont bother neighbors!
- Hardiness – these birds are very hardy in all temperatures and this breed is a good choice for a starter bird.
- No regulations: There are no regulations for keeping quail that we know of (but please check your state and town ordinances), like chickens or roosters in particular. The males’ crow is a soft trill, like a song-bird, and so, many urban families who cannot have roosters, opt for a few backyard quail. You can have them in an apartment, patio, home, farm, any setting, urban or not.
Their eggs are tiny and PACKED with nutrients. They are a great low-calorie, protein-rich food. They are creamy and delicious, and cannot carry salmonella, so can safely be eaten raw. The health benefits of quail eggs include their ability to improve vision and immunity, boost energy levels, reduce inflammation, manage diabetes, promote healthy skin, prevent hair loss and stimulate growth and repair in the body. They are also claimed to help manage depression and improve sexual health.
|QUAIL EGG NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION|
they are also rich in
lecithin, iodine, and choline
History of the Coturnix Quail and Celadon
The Coturnix quail is originally known as the Japanese quail. They were imported into North America in the late 1800’s from Europe and Asia. There are several varieties that differ in size and colorings. The Corurnix is the hardiest of all the quail species and most common for egg and meat production. We really like the Alchemist Blue Quail Colorings. It is Coturnix and Celadon quail hybrid to get the blue egg colors with the Coturnix speckles! The Celadon Quail are a special variety of Coturnix Quail who carry a rare, recessive gene (the celadon gene) which causes their eggs to be a gorgeous blue color.
Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.