Raising Coturnix Quail On The Homestead

In this podcast episode I discuss what you need to know to get started raising Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail on your homestead. I talk about the basic facts about these quail, general care and equipment needed as well as some the benefits from this wonderful livestock.

 

 

 


 

Homestead Updates:

  • Pruning Fruit Trees.
  • Had to run new wire to the greenhouse.
  • Check for birds you want at Rural King and Tractor Supply

 


 

Homesteading Relevant News:

 


 

Hangin’ Out on the Homestead Front Porch:

 


 

Main Topic Of Discussion:

Raising Coturnix Quail On The Homestead

 

Some Great Things About Raising Coturnix Quail:

  • Low Maintenance
  • Take Up Very Little Space
  • Fairly Quiet
  • Great Tasting Meat and Eggs
  • Very Easy To Process
  • Less Attachment Issues

A Couple Drawbacks

  • Very Messy, Wasteful Bird
  • Eggs Are Hard To Work With

 

Facts:
Egg Incubation: 17 days
Reach Full Size: 6 -7 weeks (10-12 oz)
Start Laying: 7 -8 weeks

 

Incubating:
Temperature: 99° – 100°
Humidity: 50 – 60%

 

Brooding
Keep quail in brooder until fully feathered.
Decrease brooder temperature by 5 degrees weekly to help them adjust.

Feed manna-pro-gamebird-showbird-feed-5-lb or equivalent until 6 weeks
before switching to a cheaper, slightly lower protein feed.

 

Quail Housing

Aviary:
An aviary is a large enclosure for confining birds. Unlike cages, aviaries
allow birds a larger living space where they can fly; hence, aviaries are also
sometimes known as flight cages. Aviaries often contain plants and shrubbery

Cages:

Quail are very content with being raised in cages and only need about 1 square foot per bird. A 24″ to 30″ cage normally used for rabbits can easily house 4-5 quail.

 

Other Equipment Needed:

Feeders –
Round http://amzn.to/2iW7BNH
Long http://amzn.to/2kcICL4

Waterer –
Quail Water Base http://amzn.to/2iMxDrb
Automatic Drinking Cups http://amzn.to/2j6a9vU

Small Pan For Dust Baths – These can be any inexpensive pans probably under $1

 

Quail Eggs
3-4 quail eggs to equal average size chicken egg.
If given supplimental light Coturnix Quail can lay 200 – 300 eggs per year.

Article on health benefits of Quail Eggs –
https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/quail-eggs.html

Quail Egg Cutter http://amzn.to/2iWaRs7

 

Processing Quail
A link to a video of someone dispatching and processing a quail.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNLvT0L7dk8

 

If you are considering another or maybe a first small livestock for your homestead I believe Coturnix Quail will make a fantastic meat and egg source worth thinking about.

 


 

Today’s Recommendations:

  • Jack Spirko’s Quail Aviary Build on YouTube: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpHUZsnFSzdKOW2XfPTycLOKX9rLF7C4L

 


 

This Podcast Made Possible By:

 

Show Notes For This Episode Can Be Found At:

https://smalltownhomestead.com/79

Harold

Harold

Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
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Harold

I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.