A year ago when I decided to raise quail the idea was exciting I saw this opportunity to learn and hoped for a realistic outcome. Both came true which led me to share my experience.
During the early quail stage one of the first things I noticed was they were relatively quiet birds. They do chirp but it’s soft like the sounds of nature.
I realized quail would be a good option for self reliance with people who have limited space similar to a backyard. Which means you can do additional backyard homestead besides, chickens or rabbits.
Before moving forward though you’ll want to check with your state, city, county or sub division, sometimes rules and regulations can keep you from moving forward.
Do remember quail is a wild game bird and doesn’t fall into the category of traditional poultry practices.
The Benefits of Raising Quail
The benefits of raising quail over traditional poultry are pretty fantastic. I decided to list them so that you can see there a contender for backyard homesteading.
- They’re not destructive
- Fresh eggs From early spring – Fall
- Fresh meat
- Natural Fertilizer
- Healthy addition to meal planning
- My favorite – Enjoyment
The Enjoyment Factor
The enjoyment factor was something I wasn’t even expecting when I decided to raise quail.
Nature is everywhere, even in the urban areas, there is no escaping it no matter how fast passed your lifestyle might be.
I live in the country so I’m always impressed at how nature fills my day with enjoyment.
Adding the quail was entertaining but it also brought me hours of enjoyment by just sitting by and watching their activity.
The Quail Sanctuary
When I established the quail sanctuary, the goal was to prepare a place of enjoyment where the birds could live a natural lifestyle.
This picture is from their home; the tree branches are stacked to provide hiding and the red boxes are used to get out of the rain or away from the warm sun.
This is a place where they can live protected and free at the same time.
These quail are coturnix, a domestic breed. They’re not traditionally raised to live naturally like I have chosen.
When they were offered this lifestyle they adapted quickly it was amazing.