Let’s clear something up. Coturnix (kuh-TUR-nicks) is a funny word that means “quail” in Latin. Because Coturnix already means quail, you won’t hear us refer to them as Coturnix quail…because it’s redundant. Coturnix coturnix, however, is not. It’s a subspecies of Coturnix native to Europe. We raise a different subspecies derived from Coturnix japonica (AKA Japanese Quail). It was domesticated in the 12th century in Japan, hence the name, but they are native to continental Asia. Regardless of the subspecies, most people just call them Coturnix or, more informally, Jumbo Brown Quail.
Southwest Gamebirds entered the Coturnix industry in late 2017, working under the mentorship of James Marie Farms. As a result, we raise several of their lines, which are considered the gold standard for production lines in the United States. We have found that the James Marie Farms’ lines produce consistent and high quality dual purpose birds, which generally begin laying shortly after 6 weeks, and reach 10 oz in weight by 8 weeks. Consequently, we have learned to appreciate their productivity, hardiness, and content disposition.
As the premier importer of new bloodlines, James Marie Farms has made popular the Schofield Silver collection, as well as the lesser known but equally beautiful and diverse German Pastel collection. These collections include countless rare color mutations, as well as the infamous Celedon gene, which produces a light blue colored egg. We are constantly working to isolate desirable color mutations and unique traits, as well as select for genetically healthy and gentle-tempered birds. Whether you run a large farm or a small homestead, we are proud to provide you with the best breeding stock available.
Note to California Customers: Due to the recent outbreak of Virulent Newcastle’s Disease, we are unable to ship live birds or hatching eggs to zip codes 90000 – 93599. If you live in one of these zip codes but are not in the mandatory quarantine zone (map available here), you may opt to have chicks or hatching eggs shipped for pick-up at a neighboring post office outside the restricted zip codes. Please help us keep our flocks safe by not transporting birds into, out of, or through the quarantine zone!
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