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Discussion in 'Quail' started by chickenjoe, Dec 18, 2009.
how many quail should be raised for a family of four
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.
About 200. Give or take.
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?
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.
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?
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.