Japanese quail are kept for both meat and egg production. Deep litter and
battery cage systems are used, with the latter predominating.
Unimproved strains mature at 6 weeks with a liveweight of 150g and can produce
240 eggs per annum. Improved strains give meat yields of 230g liveweight, but
produce fewer eggs. The food conversion ratio is 2.4:1. The meat is sold either
fresh, frozen, smoked or vacuum packed.