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Raising Quail??????

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This weekend my wife and I went to visit an old man who use to be from a colony close to our place.  He has a business that makes steel for buildings but we found out that he also raises quail.  Is there actually a market for quail?  He talks of thousands of quail but it was such a surprise to see or hear of raising quail.  What do you do with quail and who buys them.  He says there is big business in it but he is not the best at explaining things do to him basically being a German trying to explain things in English.  It is something that we may be interested in but certainly would like to research and hear oppinions on.

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Coturnix quail seems like the most common quail raised for profit. They are used for their meet and eggs. This is the quail that restaurants use and you see in recipes.
This is an article written by someone who seems successful at farming them from Game Bird Gazette.

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I've heard the Asians really consider them a delicacy. There is a market for quail, you just have to find it. Quail are very economical, especially the Coturnix. Once the Cortunix hatch, they are laying eggs and ready to eat in only six weeks! They are small and do not take up much space at all.

Because they are so economical and considered such a delicacy by some that it is very easy to make a little profit off of them.

I get my first 4 dozen eggs tomorrow, so in about eight weeks I'll be up to my knees in quail and eggs. LOL

-Kim


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Thanks for the responses!!!!  Who would have thought that the things in our backyard are things that others really want.  Here in South Dakota we see all kinds of different birds especially the ring-neck pheasant and we don't think twice about them.  Right now you can't drive a mile without almost hiting three or four!!!!

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I had a friend in H/S that raised quail for game preserves and field trials for dogs, in competitions. He used a barn with rooms 15'x15' and that was the coop and brooder, then he had doors at the bottom once the birds was older to let them out in runs.
I use to collect the eggs and feed them to my Coon Dogs.
I had the egg suckenist dogs around. tongue2

This was 24 years ago.

http://www.freewebs.com/professorchicken/timelineofachicken.htm
Time Line of a Chicken. (not my site be very useful)
Chicks and Chickens aren't nearly as fragile as you think.
Never name a critter you plan to eat one day, or let the kids know you named it.
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http://www.freewebs.com/professorchicken/timelineofachicken.htm
Time Line of a Chicken. (not my site be very useful)
Chicks and Chickens aren't nearly as fragile as you think.
Never name a critter you plan to eat one day, or let the kids know you named it.
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I have 80 eggs in the incubator.  There is another 20 under a broody.  Can't wait to see what happens.  We plan on eating most of the quail. Eight more days to go.   We raise alot of our own food.

Southwest Arkansas here. We show - Crele OEGB.  Silver Sebrights.

 

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Southwest Arkansas here. We show - Crele OEGB.  Silver Sebrights.

 

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post #7 of 10

I used to raise them in High School but after losing most to a dog I quit. Before that I did have people interested in meat and eggs and chicks too. I started raising them again recently and have 4 potential breeding pairs and a trio almost to point of lay. And I've started selling week old coturnix chicks. I have more eggs arriving and more buyers interested. SO there is a market but, it depends if there are interested buyers in your area. Otherwise you might have tons of quail that you are going to have to eat yourself or eggs.

post #8 of 10

Never ate a Quail, nor a Quail Egg.

Knowing they are small creatures, how much is there on a bird? Roasted whole, or fillet the breasts?

What about the eggs?


Don

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post #9 of 10

I bought quail at the supermarket once and they were maybe half the size to 2/3 the size of a cornish hen. Very tasty! But very expensive too! One of the reasons I'm raising my own. I've never eaten the eggs but seen them poached, fried and pickled and people say they are like chicken eggs. then again....what doesn't taste like chicken?

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If you go to food networks website and search "quail", there are tones of recipes! Bobby Flay grilled some this week.

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