Available this fall - AFRICAN HARLEQUIN QUAIL from some of my original stock.
I was the first to import these in the mid 2000's. Nobody had any before that since the early 90's. I flooded the market then so they became quite common. Everyone in the country had some of the offspring from my original 7 pair and so over the years have inbred them right to death. I ended up getting a few new eggs a while later and hatched some new blood. I made up a bunch of unrelated quads,trios,and pairs but then gave my stock to my friend,Garrie Landry in Louisiana. He's raised a good bunch and is selling some adults. He offered some to me. We see that they're now going for around $40 to $50 a pair. He has no trouble getting that,so I decided to take him up on that and get back to mass producing the little suckers. Neat little birds. Really easy to raise. Still not super common. Great layers and the ebay egg price that they bring is ridiculous.. Tempting but I don't think I'll bother with ebay and eggs but should have a decent bunch of breeders for sale this fall.
These birds mature in about 10 weeks if I remember right. Here's a picture of some of my originals with a new male from different blood. These are a coturnix species. They're larger than a Button Quail but smaller than a Pharaoh. The males have a loud high pitched chirping call.
I'm Scott O'Brien, proprietor of Mainely Quail. I've been raising quail for 20+ years and have lots of stories. I tell it like it is, and don't hold back.