Raising Quail Information

Raising Coturnix Quail Information

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.

 

Raising Quail Information for Coturnix

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.

Raising Coturnix Quail Information

8 comments

  1. Quail are wonderful! I especially like the idea of letting them raise their young. I bet you will have very happy birds 🙂

  2. I'm so excited about this – I had to put my purchase off for a couple days because we had an ice storm come through. So Thursday I plan to get 25 little quail chicks and get this project moving forward. Thanks for stopping by – Once I start learning more I'll share my results. I keep thinking they would be so much fun to have near the garden. -Carole

  3. Quail seem like a great addition to a homestead! I would love you to link this post up on my homestead resource guide section: http://www.backyardfarmingconnection.com/2013/01/raising-other-backyard-birds-quail.html

    1. Great idea – Love that – I'll head over and do that. Thanks for letting me know. -carole

  4. So interesting! I have just moved to an area where there are California quail running wild everywhere including in our yard. We can have up to 40 or so any given day in the summer – smaller numbers right now. We do feed them a little and provide water but would not be allowed to raise any for our own use. Reading about the domestication of quail was of great interest. Keep on providing your family with fresh meals – it is one of the greatest gifts you can give them!

    1. Thanks Eileen, I grew up in WA. and I remember seeing California Quail near out house. It was fun to watch them march through our yard. We are blessed to raise and grow most of our food. I agree fresh meals are the best and provide extreme nutrition. Always feel better when we're eating directly from the farm and I completely agree with that last sentence. Thanks for stopping by to share. -Carole

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    1. Carole says:

      Welcome – I have several blog posts on raising quail and if you have specific questions I’m happy to answer.

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