Do people raise quail to sell eggs for consumption?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by beepbeepinajeep, May 13, 2009.

  1. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have seen quail eggs being used on Food Network. Do people sell quail eggs for consumption?
     
  2. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Yup, they sure do! They're an Asian delicacy!
     
  3. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So if I wanted to keep enough females to sell eggs locally I may be able to find an asian market that would buy from me?
     
  4. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
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    I've talked to my fav. gourmet Chinese restaurant. If I wanted to sell eggs, well there is a huge market. Pickled quail eggs are also considered a delicacy in European countries and seems to be catching on over here in the states [​IMG]
     
  5. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very exciting:) How much do they typically sell for (where I could offer a reasonable price & not be taken advantage of)?
     
  6. beepbeepinajeep

    beepbeepinajeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another question... would they be more likely to buy eggs from buttons or a larger quail egg? (I have some larger quail eggs in the bator & due next week, but not sure of the breed)
     
  7. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    I buy them are 25$ for 50 shipping included... guess that's about .50 an egg. Those are hatching eggs though... Honestly, I just want them to enjoy and be self sustainable and havn't looked hard at the resale market.

    They are just too tastey!
     
  8. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Are they pure white? They should be bobwhites then. If they're brown with black speckles, they're coturnix. I'm not sure of the other quail (valley, cali's, etc).
    Asian markets usually buy the Japanese (coturnix) quail eggs. Your best bet would probably be small scale, local sales. Otherwise, you need permits and all kinds of things to sell to restaurants, markets and the like. Bobwhites are also illegal to trade, barter, gift, etc in some states (maybe just PA?), without a license.
     
  9. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    They're pretty versatile. Supposedly, (keep in mind I don't actually eat eggs) they're wonderful pickled and you can pickle them in an asian soy sauce type recipe, beet juice, or regular pickling. Quail Eggs Benedict are a HUGE delicacy especially when topped with caviar. You can fry them and put them on a salad, eat them plain boiled with soy sauce and lemon......hollandaise......I guess it's pretty exciting out there for quail egg producers.
     
  10. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
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    my favorite is bread and butter pickling for quail eggs [​IMG]
     

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