Earlier in the week I shared my Upcycled Quail Coop project; all the modifications have been made and I’m ready to make a purchase.
I wasn’t sure if I should go with full grown quail or chicks, I’m leaning towards chicks so I can learn more.
My husband and I’ll be raising these birds for eggs, and meat. I’m definitely starting with the Coturnix; they mature at 6 weeks and ready to eat at 10.
Since they’ll be living on the ground they’ll help deplete the bug population and fertilize just as the chickens do.
Where to Purchase?
Normally I like to purchase right from an online hatchery but I decided to stay local as there may be an opportunity to learn even more from a breeder.
This took me to craigslist where I found a local breeder about an hour from us. He has quail at all ages and I’m hoping he can help me decide what age to start with.
Why Raise Quail?
Why should you raise quail? For starters they’re smaller than chickens, so if you’re limited on space this could be a positive. Other things to think about include.
- They eat less than chickens
- I hear they’re quieter than chickens and mature faster
- Produce eggs and provide meat
- Eggs contain more Vitamin B1,iron and potassium than chicken eggs.
What do you Feed Quail?
Like most birds they’re natural hunters and thrive I believe would thrive in in open ground environment. This is why I chose to do a mobile coop.
They’ll have access to grass and bugs while I supplement with a simple wild bird game feed.
The Overall Goal
Raising quail will allow our family to consume a higher quality egg and a new type of meat.
I also hope to see if I can get them to hatch their eggs, this is kind of a long shot but worth trying. It’s my hope this new avenue in bird farming is will help me see that sometimes smaller birds can offer a great value to the homestead.