Thinking about buying quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Yankee Chickens, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. Yankee Chickens

    Yankee Chickens New Egg

    Feb 27, 2016
    I live in michigan and was thinking about getting 5-6 quail. The question I'm asking is do I need a license to have quail or to sell them?
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015
    it depends upon the type and if you kept them in a garage vs. outside you could get by with some of them because there are some breeds of quail that are very quiet but some are loud, if you get a quiet one you can get away with having them.
  3. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2013
    St. Clements, ON
    The guy who got me hooked on quail lives in Michigan. He's not allowed to have quail due to local bylaws, but he didn't mention needing a licence, though that doesn't mean that you don't. As chicklover says, it may be dependent on the breed. Generally, coturnix quail aren't considered gamebirds, but some states do require licenses for them. That said, it's not hard to keep 5-6 quail a secret.

    The guy I know in Michigan keeps them in his garage. He is worried about the noise the males make, so he tends to cull them at 5-6 weeks when they start crowing. My neighbour across the street tractors hers and I can't hear them from 20 feet away on a quiet street but a lot can depend on the level of dickosity of your neighbours and how close the birds would be to them.

    I currently have 3 hens and 39 chicks in my basement. I can hear the chicks sometimes, but the hens are quiet. I change the bedding frequently for the chicks and use a home-made cardboard tray lined with plastic with some newspaper for the hen's droppings. Keep on top of it and it's not readily apparent. I'll move them outside, probably in a week or so, but when I do that, I'll probably lose egg production for a week or so.

    You can keep 5-6 quail in a 2'x3'x12" cage, so it's not a lot of space. The real issue is that you may find that you want more eggs than you'll get with that many and you'll start thinking about raising them for meat too, so 5-6 quail is just the start. I'm thinking of hanging around whole food stores and giving away 4 quail to people. Once I've done that, they'll be hooked worse than crack and I can sell them dozens more. Be wary of quail pushers...

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