What to do with Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sonjab314, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    I have recently gotten into the whole thing of poultry including ducks and quineas. I do not have any quail and I was curious why people raise them? Do you raise them as meat birds? Are they released into the wild? Do you raise them to sell their eggs? Are they pets? I have the quail racks for my turner in my bator and I'm thinking about hatching some but I have no idea what to do with them once they hatch.
     
  2. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several color varieties of coturnix quail. I raise som for meat, but most for eggs. They lay right at 6 to 7 weeks and are extremely prolific. I raise them till they are about 5 weeks old and then I sell them (usually for $4-$6) and then repeat [​IMG]
     
  3. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    What do you do with the eggs? Are they big enough to eat or do you just hatch and sell the babies?
     
  4. RhodeIslandReds

    RhodeIslandReds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can eat quail eggs. They are really good meat birds the best i would say is the bobwhites.

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  5. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I eat the eggs (greatest egg salad ever!), hatch them (each egg is worth .50-to $1 if it hatches) and make pickled eggs (the hunters absolutely loooooove them. Its a novilty). I raise coturnix just because of their layed back behavior and the fast tur around. I also raise chickens, but the quail pay everyones food bill [​IMG] And it doesnt take the jumbos much feed to get to market weight, and the meat is delicious!
     
  6. RhodeIslandReds

    RhodeIslandReds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just curious apc what do you sell that the quail pay the feed bill? Where do you sell them at?

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  7. apc

    apc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I sell my quail at the sale barn and at local swaps. There are not many breeders of quail around here so the market is good. (expecially with certain ethnic groups). [​IMG] Many people buy them for eggs, but the majority of my buyers are hunters (use them to train their dogs). And the ones I sell the most of are the "english" (white) qual. Which is rather suprising because some of my other ones are by far prettier [​IMG]
     
  8. RhodeIslandReds

    RhodeIslandReds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish I had a good as a market as you.

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  9. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    I sell the eggs to hatch , & more so lately to eat.
    The most money I make is selling the meat. . You got to wach the dates & butcher on time or the feed will eat up your profits. eggs are sketchey at best . they sell & then they don't. I had a guy that bought ALL my eggs for a while but he gave up the quail raising buisness. I hope to get some of his used (new,less than 1 year old ) equipment
     
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:sometime your market has to be developed

    I advertise in a penny paper and like APC I am getting 4-6 $ depending on how many they want to buy. I also sell day old to week old for $1, after a week I start raising the price. I try to encourage folks to wait until 3 week then I can sex about half of the birds DLS is right about the eggs, some weeks I sell 5 dz in 2 days other weeks nobody want them. I have been selling them to employees of asian restaurants here lately I have sold a few dozen to employees of 7-11 every other week. Take out joints are easier to sell to then buffets, buffets with the sushi bars want lots of them I am only getting about 27-32 eggs a day at present. I am kina trying to get to where I can sell enough to the same buffet each day. I have 2 different gentlemen coming over tomorrow to look at / buy some birds. Cold calls to restaurants are kina hard when you first start but after a couple you get the hang of it. good luck
     
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