Quail Flock Purchase Tips

Quail Flock Purchase tips for Online

If you made the decision to purchase quail, the first step is to decide where you should make your purchase.  It’s not that difficult and the best part of the process is you have several options.  The goal is to figure out which one of these suggestions will work best.  Step number one is deciding on a breed.

The best breed for beginners is the Coturnix and the reason being is they’re simply a stronger bird and they mature faster than any other quail breed. You can begin enjoying fresh eggs and meat in under three months.  Females will begin laying eggs between 7 and 8 weeks and maturing for meat is around 11 weeks.

But if you’re like me and have an interest in raising native breeds then through additional research and applying that knowledge you could probably jump in and raise the bobwhite quail. This isn’t something I wouldn’t recommend for beginners unless you’ve already had some type of experience raising fowl.  Even with that kind of experience you need to understand that native breeds mature slower and are not as hardy as the coturnix quail.

Quail Flock Purchase Tips

Where do you Purchase Quail?

You might be surprised but you have several options when it comes to making that first quail purchase; many will depend on where you live.  It’s possible in small communities to find breeders by interacting at the local feed store.  I find that most quail people stick together or at least know who’s doing what.  If that feed store has a bulletin board you could create a flyer with you first name and contact information requesting quail breeders.

One thing that I love about small communities is people tend to want to help each other and they do this with a sense of pride.  It’s called being raised with value or just giving back without being told to do it.

Quail Flock Purchase

Community Newspapers

If you’re seeking an approach that’s a little less direct, community newspapers are another good option.  This is just a matter of looking through the ads on a regular basis to see if anyone is selling quail chicks or eggs to incubate.  If you see an advertisement for pickled quail eggs that could also be a contact because they might be interested in shrinking their flock. The point here is don’t rule out what could be a potential opportunity.

Craigslist

Craigslist is probably the easiest place to search for quail because you can organize your search via state/city and surrounding areas. My first and second flock of coturnix quail came from craigslist.  I had to drive about 45 minutes to an hour but it was worth it because both times I was implementing these birds either early or late in the season.

Do not drive out to these locations by yourself, make sure you go with someone because one never knows what you might run into.  I’ve never had a bad experience but then I’ve also asked certain questions prior to arriving to ensure that contact was indeed a quail breeder.  You can never be to safe, call the contact do not text or email.

Quail Flock Purchase

Online Hatcheries

Online hatcheries would be the least direct approach.  It’s a matter of finding the hatchery that offers you the best service, quality and price.  Simply click, purchase and pick up.  These birds will be delivered to the post office and you’ll need to pick them up first thing.  The sooner the better because they’ll need instant care and don’t be shocked if one or two arrived expired during the delivery process.

I’ve found online options for those of you interested in the click and purchase approach.  Please note I’ve only purchased online from WR Hatchery.

Pure Poultry – Click Here

It appears Pure Poultry has a nice variety of quail and I would stay away from the button quail because they’re eggs are smaller than the coturnix and they hold no meat value do to their size.  Their quail do look a little pricey compared to what I can purchase quail for here in north Texas.  I would recommend doing additional research before launching forward.

Loudoonberry Farm – Click Here

Their prices for coturnix look good but the site doesn’t appear updated so if you choose this option you may need to call in an order.

WR Hatchery – Click Here

This company has over 25 years’ experience and where I purchased my Northern Bobwhites.  Very easy to do business with and they always have special discounts prior to spring and later in the fall.  Check out their Chukar Partridge, absolutely beautiful.

Diamond H Ranch – Click Here

They offer both Coturnix and Bobwhite but they only ship fertilized eggs.  It looks like you would have to call direct to place an order.

Best Damn Quail in Texas – Click Here

For the hunters, out there this place would be a spot for hunting quail.  It appears you can also purchase bobwhite live; they’re raised in flight pens and I’m going to guess the focus here is to hunt and repopulate.  Definitely worth looking into for those of you in Texas.

Quail Ranch in Oklahoma – Click Here

This is a neat website but difficult to navigate because there’s a lot going on which means you’ll need to pick up the phone.  Their flight pens are off the ground which I don’t like but who am I to judge.  They do have these Covey Paks that are interesting for practice hunts or training hunting dogs.

Quail Flock Purchase tips

Summing up Purchasing Quail

There are additional resources online and as we move forward into the future some of these will probably come and go.  For that reason, I suggest to first seek purchasing your starter flock locally if at all possible.  This would allow you to meet others with the same passion for raising quail.  They would also be a good resource for future purchases.

I also recommend beginning with chicks because once a quail is full grown it’s difficult to know their age and unfortunately when purchasing large birds there are just some folks that don’t always share the facts.  Be wise, don’t move fast and do your research.

Purchasing your quail should be fun, exciting and an opportunity to learn more about this new adventure.  If you have a favorite quail resource, please share in the comments below.

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4 comments

  1. Jemma says:

    Carole,
    Your knowledge, expertise and time commitment to your Quail project is a gift to others that are looking for more information and who are interested in pursing this endeavor.
    All of your books are such great resources and I am certain that your Quail book is a fabulous tool as well.
    Jemma

    1. Carole says:

      Well thank you! They are sweet little birds and helping others well I guess that’s just what I do best.

  2. Patti says:

    Hi Carole,

    Wow, what a great resource. I would have no idea where to start but you have given so much great information that will certainly help a lot of people.

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