how many quail for family of 4

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chickenjoe, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. chickenjoe

    chickenjoe Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2009
    how many quail should be raised for a family of four
  2. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

    Nov 20, 2009
    Ok a family of four for what ?
    Eating 2-3 quail per person.
    Pets as many as you like.
    What exactly you have in mind decides what you may need.
    Hope that helps.

  3. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

    Oct 12, 2009
    About 200. Give or take.
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009

    LOL--- [​IMG]
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 7, 2009
    Central Pennsyltucky
    We would need more specifics. How much does your family usually eat? For very young kids, one quail would be plenty (maybe half a quail, depending). Some people will eat two, some three, some will eat five. I have never measured out how much meat comes from a single quail.
    Second, how often do you plan on eating quail? Once a week, once a month or...? Do you plan to eat eggs as well?
  6. kenman

    kenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2008
    Southwest Missouri
    Maybe this will help. I have a family of six. Four adults and two teens. So we all eat adult size portions and we love to eat quail. I am raising quail that weigh an average of 10 ounces live weight at processing, usually 6-8 weeks. The size of your quail makes a big difference on how many you need to keep. Anyway, I use 12 whole quail (that's breast & leg and & thigh quarters) per meal, because we also need leftovers for lunches. Now for the math part. I am keeping a dozen hens and 4 males, Coturnix. I have them set up in two 2'X2' rabbit cages, 6 hens to 2 males each. I set 10 days worth of eggs which is around 80-90 each month (that I feel like growing them). If I have an 75-80% hatch rate (usually you can better), you can have 70-80 birds each month, or as I usually figure it, 5-6 meals for us, plus some for mine and wife's folks. I will be setting the first batch of eggs for the new year probably on the first.
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  7. Chris100

    Chris100 Just Hatched

    Dec 26, 2017
    Do you harvest any eggs or do you eat all offspring? Do you have to incubate the eggs or do the hens do that for you?
  8. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 10, 2013
    I keep 12 hens. They lay about 70 or so eggs a week when laying good.

    They don't go broody so i have incubators. Usually get 80 plus hatch rate.

    Quail eggs are about 5 eggs to equal 1 chicken egg.

    I will butcher most offspring. Til the last batch or 2 I want to incubate. Then save a set number of hens and rooster. For breeder replacements. Then butcher breeders at about 1 year old.

    What eggs are not incubated are eaten. They are a good source of collagen and omega 3.


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