Chapter 42. The Japanese Quail

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Kimberly M. Cheng,
  2. Darin C. Bennett and
  3. Andrew D. Mills

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch42

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Cheng, K. M., Bennett, D. C. and Mills, A. D. (2010) The Japanese Quail, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch42

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Avian Research Centre, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) - small, chubby, brown-coloured terrestrial migratory bird;
  • wild-type natal plumage of Japanese quail - same in both sexes;
  • domestication and origin of domestic and laboratory lines;
  • studies of social organisation in wild Japanese quail - appearing to be limited;
  • adult wild males and females - weighing about 90 and 100g;
  • reproduction in Japanese quail - dependent on lighting regimen;
  • quail, as laboratory animals;
  • quail hens, nesting in secluded sites with rough grasses and scattered shrubs;
  • quail chicks - nidifugous (precocial), not requiring parental care post hatching;
  • abnormal behaviour - feather pecking, cannibalism and head-banging

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Quail as laboratory animals

  • Quail as food animals

  • Sources of supply (conservation status)

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Acknowledgements

  • References