Tibetan Coturnix Quail are considered one of the most spirited of the varieties of Coturnix Quail. This makes them especially sought after for hunting, sporting, and dog training. Tibetan Coturnix are fast and aggressive flyers, and they hold and flush well. These birds are great for dog training and will give the dog a great workout. They are usually ready for release for dog training and hunting preserves at 8-12 weeks of age.
Tibetan Coturnix are a nice alternative to Bobwhites as they behave a bit differently and provide diversity in training. They have been known to imprint, and remain on-site if conditions are optimal. They are very hardy and vigorous birds and are more disease-resistant than Bobwhites.
Like all Coturnix, the Tibetan is easy to care for and undemanding. They can be raised with minimum expense, and they grow fast and start reproducing very quickly as well. They reach full maturity and can start laying eggs at 6-7 weeks of age. They lay well and their meat is also delicious and of high quality. They will weigh 8-10 ounces at maturity.
Tibetan Coturnix Quail are darkly colored in rich shades of earthy browns. Males and females look very similar in color although females are slightly larger in general.
For hatching eggs, you will need either an incubator or a broody hen. We recommend a styrofoam tabletop style incubator for your first-time hatching eggs. We recommend an automatic turner for 12 or more eggs.
Incubation Time: Tibetan Coturnix Quail Hatching Eggs will hatch in about 17-18 days.
Temperature/Humidity: Tibetan Coturnix Quail Hatching Eggs will hatch best if incubated at 100 degrees F, decreasing to 98.5 degrees F during the final three days of incubation. Humidity should be kept at 45-55% until day 14 when it should be raised to 55-65% until the chicks hatch. Turning the eggs three times a day for the first 14 days is a solid practice. After day 14, stop turning the eggs.
Special Incubation Notes: Start up your incubator 2-3 days before your eggs are due to arrive. This gives your incubator time to come fully to temperature and to stabilize humidity levels. It is also a good practice to let your newly arrived eggs rest at room temperature for about 12 hours before placing them in an incubator. Place them large side up in a clean and dry egg carton. Incubators should be kept in a room with a constant even temperature and out of the sun.