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My New additions to the Nest!

I have just added a pair of Indian Quail (Bush Quail) to My Collection I can only keep my fingers crossed that I am able to produce some young this year :) 


African Harlequin Quail

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African Harlequin quail originate from southern Africa and are found in areas of long grass and bush.

The breeding season is usually linked to the rainy season and they will lay their eggs after the hard rains. They will lay 3-9 eggs, cream in colour with small Brown / black Patches, in a shallow scrape in the ground, usually lined with grass. 

The Incubation takes 15-17 days and is carried out by the hen alone. She can lay up to three clutches a year. Fertility is not as good as it should be in this country due to inbreeding. Chicks are born a Yellowy buff colour with dark brown stripes.

Their diet consists of plant shoots and leaves and invertebrates. They also love meal-worms.

They can be easily sexed. The male has a black chest with a chestnut colour at either side. He also has a white facial mask similar to a Chinese Painted Quail. The female is a brown colour, perfect camouflage. Harlequin quail are sometimes mistaken for Rain Quail which have very similar markings.

They can live in an aviary and will get on well with Chinese Painted Quail. They can be quite noisy when the cock bird is on his own and is calling for a hen. 

They can be quite flighty when spooked and will fly straight up, so a its recommended that a high roofed accommodation is provided. I do however bring mine in in very harsh conditions and put them into pairs into spare Budgerigar Breeding cages which are roughly 30"x30"45".

The African Harlequin Eggs can be incubated and reared the same as a Chinese Painted Quail.s.

One of the most sought after quail in North America is the Mearns quail. It sometimes is confused with another popular quail also sometimes called the Harlequin. The African Harlequin is not the Mearns Harlequin. The African Harlequin comes from South Africa while the Mearns comes from the southern United States and Mexico. The confusing factor is that the Mearns has many names. It is called the Harlequin quail, Black quail, Cincoreal quail, Codorniz Encinara, Codorniz Pinta, crazy quail, Mearns quail, painted quail and many more. Mearns are the most unusual of the New World quail. They look like a committee put them together, as they are out of proportion when compared to any other quail. Their heads are extra large, and their eyes are big and compelling when they give you their famous 'melt your heart stare'. Raising chicks: Most people have too much humidity in their incubators when hatching Mearns quail. If your hydrometer wet bulb is around 82 degrees F. this will allow the chicks to remain smaller and seem to be stronger when they hatch. Mearns chicks do not know to eat by instinct. They must be taught. In the wild, the parents catch and feed insects to the chicks from their beaks. Several methods have been used successfully to get the chicks to eat under captive conditions. The most popular is to fed small mealworms from tweezers to the chicks. (Never just throw mealworms into the pen for the chicks to pick up as the will begin to pick toes.) They soon learn that the mealworms tastes pretty good and will get on your hand for their food. Try anything that you can think of to convince them to eat or else they will die..

The Atlas Of Quail.

This book has some of the most wonderful pictures and illustrations, we have several copies left prices at £23.49 plus £2.48 Postage.. 

I will get around to putting some more pictures on in due course..

David Alderton -          - Inside - information on keeping Quails / Breeding

The Atlas of Quails       - Housing Options -Feeding Quails - Health Care

ISBN :086622145          - List of Quail Quail Genera Species

EAN: 018214800491

Price - £23.49 + £2.48 P+P

Condition: New Books   


The generally accepted temperature for incubating almost all birds eggs is between 99.5 and 100.0 degrees F (37.5-37.8 C).  Slight variations around this temperature range is alright, but varying more than a degree up or down for extended periods of time can have an impact on your hatch rate, cause birth defects and even cause the eggs not to hatch.  A few of the exceptions to this temperature range would be for Emu and Ostrich eggs.  Emu eggs require 95.5 to 96.5 degrees F (35.3 - 35.8 C) and Ostrich eggs require 97.0 to 98.0 degrees F (36.1 - 36.6 C)

The amount of time required to incubate an egg can very quite a bit depending on the type of bird.  See the chart below.  Please note that several factors can change the amount of time listed below. The incubation temperature, humidity level, egg handling, and genetics are some of them.

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