Japanese quail are hardy birds that thrive in small cages and are inexpensive to keep. They are affected by common poultry diseases but are fairly disease resistant. Japanese quail mature in about 6 weeks and are usually in full egg production by 50 days of age. With proper care, hens should lay 200 eggs in their first year of lay. Life expectancy is only 2 to 2½ years.
This illustrated Primefact includes information on breeding Japanese quail, incubation and hatching of eggs, brooding and care of young birds, housing, nutritional requirements, husbandry, disease prevention and control, and commercial processing and marketing.