GAME BIRDS REARING: QUAIL BIRDS Keeping of these birds is a diversification for chicken rearing as such the sector still have a lot of market and with a greater profit turnaround. FAST FACTS 1. Quail birds are good source of eggs 2. The birds do not require a lot of skills and technicalities to keep them as such it’s easy to keep the birds 3. You will need less space to keep the birds as they require minimum floor space, thus to say you can keep 6 quails in a square foot floor. 4. They don’t require vaccinations and the birds are robust to diseases. 5. They reach maturity at an early ages. It takes a quail bird 6 weeks to reach early sexual maturity, thus they can start laying eggs in about 6 weeks to seven weeks of age with a rate of around 280 eggs per year. 6. Nutritionally quail birds meat is tastier than chicken and has less fat content as compared to chickens. Moreover their eggs contain less cholesterol and together quail eggs and meat promotes brain development in children. Quail nutritional needs Basically the birds easily adapt to varied environment, and they don’t require more feeds as compared to their counter parts. A 5 weeks old quail consumes 500gms of feed and for the production of 12 eggs they only require 400gms feed. Incubation To incubate a quail egg is more of advantage as they take about 18 days to incubate and only care is crucial in the first 2 weeks.