Quail - efficient meat source?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Caprice_Acres, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. Caprice_Acres

    Caprice_Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    I'm interested in finding links or books about raising quail. I'd like to do so for several reasons - for our own meat use, to sell hatching eggs/eating eggs, and also for raw diet feeding our dogs/cats as well as selling some as raw diet meat.

    I'm considering Jumbos, how are they for meat production efficiency.

    I'm also considering getting a custom grain mix made for them, Like I have for my other poultry. I'm thinking we'll go with a 25% protein - is that sufficient? Any other nutrient requirements I should consider?

    Also, could I see pictures of setups, perhaps? I've got small open floored cages I could use for a small breeding group, but I'm thinking a bigger pen might be easier on me for the higher production I may require. Just getting ideas now, and researching, I'm not about to jump in quite yet. [​IMG] I'd also love to hear tricks and tips.
  2. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    I am in the middle of building large capacity pens for my quail; I will update this post soon!
  3. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I raise my birds for eggs but I have included loads of info on my website. Bookwise, most books that influenced me are a bit outdated and I got my knowledge in school. Although a bit outdated, the practices are similar to today. The quail manual by Albert Marsh is a good one.
  5. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Actually, I have seen scientific studies that suggest there is little if any difference between properly formulated game bird feed with protein levels from 24-26+% It really is more about amino acids, vitamins, etc... Than it is flat protein levels.
    For the record: I feed Purina mills non-medicated game bird starter (30% protein) from hatch to dispatch. In a pinch, I will feed any of the game bird formulas down to 19% over any chicken/flock raiser/what ever high protein, non game bird feed there is, but that's just me.

    There is more to game bird feed than protein content!
  6. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    I agree, there are many things that play a factor such as calcium, lysine, and all sorts of vitamins.

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