I thought it would be fun to chat about if raising quail is right for you.
The truth is only you can answer that but I’d like to first point out some key benefits.
This is an easy one friends; quail are raised for fresh eggs and pasture raised meat.
It’s no secret when you grow your own food the nutritional value will always be higher than food purchased from the grocery store.
If that sounds like something of interest then let’s continue and discuss additional key points that may help you decide if raising quail is worth the plunge.
Life Span of a Quail
I want to begin by pointing out that quail have a short life span, around 4 years. This is the best cast scenario as in the wild their life span can be as short as 1.5 years.
The thing to remember is quail were put here to be a food source and eat bugs.
They’re not to be raised as pets because they just don’t have the interaction capability as other birds, say like chickens.
If you’re seeking to raise an animal that will walk and chat with you and sometimes jump on your lap then quail won’t be a good option.
Easy to Harvest
For me, from the very beginning my plan was to raise quail for eggs and meat. The coturnix is the best for both as they’re eggs are relatively large compared to other breeds.
Coturnix begin laying eggs around 6 – 8 weeks, this is pretty significant and they’re awesome producers.
Harvesting for meat is also quick, for coturnix around 11 weeks is my preferred processing date and I like to begin by thinning out the males.
You can literally meat a dozen quail in the time it takes to process one chicken.
When I first started raising quail what I noticed right away was a lot less maintenance; this was true with each breed I raised.
This extends to coturnix quail sub-breeds and bobwhite quail.
Don’t get me wrong getting their initial habitat established takes time and it can be expensive depending on how you choose to begin.
Getting it right from square one will make all the difference.
The first step is to decide on a breed and then decide how you will raise them. This can be on the ground like we do here at Garden Up Green or like many others in a cage off the ground.
Then, establish a plan that will allow you to successfully reach your goals.
Remember to create a quality habitat so they’re living in a safe environment. I can’t stress enough how important this is and never assume things will just fall into place.
When you begin correctly, you’ll discover quail are easy to maintain especially when raised on the ground.
Quail just don’t require as much attention as we tend to think.
Thew desire to handle your flock will be present but it’s something I don’t recommend especially if you plan to harvest for meat.
They just don’t connect with their care taker, remember they were placed here as a food source and eating bugs.
Quail are more of an independent bird and this is one of the things I love about them.
I can sit back, watch their behavior and be entertained without having to interact.
It’s an interesting experience to watch them navigate when living on the ground and the males make cute sounds.
Quail are a great addition to any homestead environment and they even work for those with fenced backyards.
Hopefully I’ve sparked your interest and perhaps now you have a better idea if raising quail is right for you.
Thanks for joining me, if you have a specific question please leave in the comments.
Smiles and Sunshine, Carole West