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How to Raise Quail on an Urban Farm

Updated on August 29, 2014

Let’s Establish This Fact Right Away

I’ve been raising quail now for about eight weeks. Let me say immediately that I am no expert. I learn through the method of trial and error, and there are days when it seems that error far outweighs success.

Still, I come from stubborn lineage, so I keep trying. I’m determined to make this work, so I read everything about quail I can get my hands on, and I plod along with a goal in mind and willingness as my constant companion.

You are lucky. You get to learn from my mistakes.

Quail are wonderful birds to raise on an urban farm. They are relatively clean birds, they are small and easy to handle, and they require very little space. In return, they will provide you with fresh eggs daily, and those eggs are nutritionally superior to chicken eggs. In addition, if you have a mind to, you can raise quail to eat. Quail reach maturity in as little as five weeks, and they are delicious.

For the purpose of this article, we will not discuss such unpleasant matters as butchering. Let’s, instead, talk about the joys of raising this egg-producing machine of nature.

Three-days old
Three-days old | Source

Check Your City Ordinances

The beauty of quail is that, in many cases, they are not covered by local laws like chickens are. Still, I highly recommend you check with your city lawmakers to find out if it is legal to raise them.

We are lucky. We live in Olympia, Washington, and urban farming is not only allowed here, but it is strongly supported. There are no restrictions on raising quail in our city. One can raise five or one can raise five-hundred, and thank the gods that this city sees value in urban farming.

Water, food, and straw for the babies
Water, food, and straw for the babies | Source

Starting out on Your Quail Adventure

We raise Coturnix quail, a Japanese import that is plentiful wherever quail-breeders are found. They are hardy little birds and very inexpensive to purchase. Here we can buy newborns for a dollar apiece, or mature birds for as little as three dollars each.

Let’s work from the assumption that you are buying newborns. Starting out, quail require heat, food, and a dry environment. We used a large plastic washtub to house our quail the first couple weeks. We attached a heating lamp to the side to provide warmth, and put a chicken feeder and chicken water holder in the tub with them. We lined the bottom with straw, and spread poultry netting across the top so they couldn’t fly out. There they stay for about three weeks.

Newborns will eat chicken-starter food, but it must be mashed into very small pellets in order for them to eat it. In addition, the watering supplier is lined with small rocks because the newborns can drown in a small amount of water.

After about three weeks we slowly wean the birds from the heat lamp. We turn the light off for a couple hours, and then turn it on again. The quail will let you know if they are cold by huddling together in sort of a rugby scrum. This tells you that they are chilly and you need to turn the lamp back on. After a couple days of this they will be fine without the lamp and ready for their permanent housing.

Our quail enclosure
Our quail enclosure | Source
The coop inside the enclosure
The coop inside the enclosure | Source

Housing Your Quail

Any discussion about housing your quail must begin with determining how serious you are about this quail-raising business. If you plan on going with a small operation then you have very few problems to consider. The larger the operation, the more your problems will multiply. Keep that in mind.

If you start out with, say, five quail, then an enclosure of 3’x3’ will be sufficient. Not ideal but sufficient. The floor of the quail aviary should be either dirt or fine wire mesh. The walls should be made of the same fine wire mesh. It is entirely possible to raise your quail indoors if that’s what you prefer, but most people set up an aviary of some sort outside. Just keep in mind that quail are basically totally defenseless, so make sure that aviary is critter-proof from the very beginning, and make sure there is a roof on it to protect them from harsh weather.

Naturally, we did not take the easy route on our adventure. We have an enclosure that is ten feet wide, twenty feet long, and five feet high. It is protected by one layer of chicken wire and one layer of welded wire. We lost two birds early on because we did not fortify the enclosure properly. Now we have. So far no critters have broken in, so our fingers are crossed and we are hoping for the best. The top is bird netting, and that seems to be sufficient for keeping out hawks and owls.

Inside the aviary we built a quail house that is two feet by four feet. It is made of wood and wire, and it serves as a place for the quail to head to when the weather is nasty.

In this aviary we currently have twenty mature quail. We could easily double that number, and we will soon.

The mature quail need water and chicken pellets. They also scavenge for bugs. We allow the grass to grow high inside the aviary because quail love to hide in tall grass, and we regularly toss garden greens in there for a special treat which they love.

A still-air incubator
A still-air incubator | Source

Would You like Some Eggs?

Well quail are egg-laying machines. Quail lay, on average, 1.7 eggs per day. In other words, our twenty quail can be counted on to lay approximately thirty-four eggs each day, and those eggs are exquisite.

Comparing quail eggs with chicken eggs, we find these facts:

  • Quail eggs have four times more nutrition than chicken eggs
  • They have five times the iron and potassium
  • They are packed with calcium, protein, and very high in A and B vitamins
  • They have no bad cholesterol (LDL)
  • And they do not cause egg allergies

Yes, they are small. It takes about three quail eggs to match one chicken egg in serving size, but we find the taste to be much, much better, and we absolutely love our home-grown chicken eggs.

If you are considering raising quail as a cash crop, there is always a market for quail eggs. A quick check on Craigslist finds quail eggs selling for between $2-$6 per dozen, depending on the area and availability, and restaurants will pay a premium price for them.

Hatching Eggs

Don’t count on your quail to be brooders. It is a rare quail that will sit on an egg until it hatches. Their normal routine is to drop the egg wherever they happen to be at that moment, and then never looking at it again, so if you plan on hatching eggs you will need an incubator.

There are two types of incubators to consider: still-air and circulating. Still-air incubators are less expensive, usually costing about $70. Circulating air incubators will cost about $125. We opted for the still-air because, well, we’re cheap. We saved money and we are more than willing to open the incubator three times a day and allow air into it, and at the same time rotating the eggs by gently rolling them over with a passing wave of our palm.

With the proper insert, you can incubate 120 quail eggs at a time, and it takes seventeen days for the eggs to hatch. It should take very little imagination to realize how quickly your flock of quail can grow if you have an incubator. Never fear; you will have no problem selling the babies once they hatch, if that’s what you choose to do.

Doubling the size of the enclosure
Doubling the size of the enclosure | Source

A Few Words of Warning

I stated earlier that quail are helpless. It is worth mentioning again. They have no defense against raccoons, possums, weasels, and all other creatures of the night. They also have no defense against the family cat or dog, or for that matter birds like crows, hawks or, in some cases, chickens. They must be adequately protected, and that protection can be costly. We have spent a fair amount of money making our aviary critter-proof, and now we are fairly confident that we have achieved a safe place for the birds. Remember, the larger the aviary, the more problems you will have in protecting the birds.

Also, quail are small birds, about the size of your adult palm. They are fully capable of getting stuck in small places. If there is a hole in the defenses, they will find it. If there is a random nail sticking out, they will cut themselves on it. You’ve all heard of baby-proofing a house. The same theory applies to quail.

And finally, you will lose some birds. It is inevitable. There will be random deaths. We have lost five in eight weeks, mostly because of our inexperience, but even if we had been experts, it is easy to have deaths in your flock. The best advice I can give is don’t name them.

Are you willing to give it a try?

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Final Thoughts

We began this venture because we wanted to raise quail for the eggs and to make money, but it only took about one week for us to realize we received a huge bonus. We love to sit on the deck and watch the quail in their aviary. We love listening to their chirps, and watching their rather funny attempts to fly. We love to enter the aviary, lie down on the grass, and relax while the quail walk around us and over us.

They are enjoyable. They are profitable. And I highly recommend them.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      lrdl, thanks for stopping by. No doubt the males can get a bit boisterous....luckily our neighbors appreciate free eggs more than they object to the noise. LOL

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      Richard Lindsay 15 months ago from California

      I use to raise these a long time ago. They are great little birds, but the male's can get a little loud. Great post

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Richelle, we do sell quail and if you have questions you can email me at holland1145@yahoo.com

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      Richelle D 2 years ago

      Was woundering if you sell quails and if so how do I find out more info. Thanks

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Rolly. I think a lot of small town legislation is just waiting to be changed, but it takes someone willing to confront the lawmakers and make it happen.

      blessings my friend

      bill

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill... I was reading this the other day and forgot to comment on what an inspiration your urban farming has been to me. A reminder to maybe put the small town bylaw to a challenge where I live. You have done well my friend...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you can count on a winter update. I'm kind of curious myself. But we'll put a heat lamp out there for them and I'm sure they will be fine. Love the little sweaters idea. LOL Thank you.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Well, I was going with chickens at first but now I think we'll try the quails when we finally get our farm. I love the fact that ththe eggs cause no allergies. You will have to keep us updated on how they handle the harsh winter weather. I may have to send you some mini sweaters.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, they are cute. We like sitting on the deck and just watching them. As for critters, I think we have them protected. It would take one heck of an effort to break down the defenses. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Quail are awfully cute Bill! But I would think easy prey for all kinds of critters--take care of them and keep sharing their progress and yours!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle! We definitely live in a progressive city here.

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      Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

      Wow! I love quail, and quail's eggs. So glad Olympia allows urban farming.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, they are much more doable than chickens...the perfect game bird for a city dweller. Happy Labor Day my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. Glad to hear that the quail are working out. I had no doubts that you would figure it all out and make it work just fine. It does seem more doable than chickens. Hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We're getting there, Deb. Good things come with time and hard work...or so I hope. :) Thanks !

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok and Happy Labor Day to you as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, no way I'm eating snails. Won't happen. As for the HOTD, thank you. I guess it was nice to win one. LOL I hope you had a lovely weekend my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Sounds like you have a lucrative business. Good work!

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      I'm glad you're having a good time with these birds, Bill! Have a great Labor Day!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, you are so very adventurous, you put most of us to shame. :) The closest I've come to a quail, was at a snails and quails party on a skiing holiday in Andorra, the Pyrenees. Unfortunately, although it smelled simple delicious, I could not sum up the courage to try the snails. The tiny quail legs simply didn't proide sufficient meat to satisfy a sparrow. Nevertheless, I can see why raising quails would appeal to you and Bev. You're bothe pretty special. A very interesting article, well done. Belated congrats. on making HOTD, I hope you're not losing your street cred. :) Seriously, about time!

      Take care, my very best to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Country-Sunshine, not only fun but much easier than chickens and ducks. Give it a try to I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      One of my neighbors recently offered me some quail eggs to incubate, and I said "I'll think about it". After reading your article, I'm ready to fire up my incubator! I already raise chickens, ducks and guineas, but the quail sound like much more fun!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, they really only need food and water. We don't do anything else other than collect eggs. As long as they are protected from predators, they are perfectly happy doing their quail thing without our interference. :) Thanks for stopping by, and if you decide to do this, go ahead and email me and I'll tell you more.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Alicia. I would much prefer to tell all that we have had problems rather than paint a rosy picture of constant success.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I love the idea of raising your own food. Years ago before we moved, we had about one-quarter acre devoted to vegetables, berries, and even an apple tree. Our girls were very little and gained a real appreciation for the value (and wonderful taste) of fresh food. They are adults but they still reminisce about that time. I would be willing to try quail (they're so cute), but am concerned about what would happen to them if we were to go on vacation. It's hard enough to find a cat-sitter. How long could they manage on their own (assuming that food and water are available)?

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful and informative hub for people who are thinking of raising quail, Bill. It's interesting to read about your successes and problems and about the joys of having quail on an urban farm.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting, Suzanne. Don't get me started thinking about another breed. LOL I have more than enough to keep me busy already. Thank you and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Mary. I could handle being called Farmer Gray, and I'm happy if my errors keep someone else from making any. I appreciate you dropping by my friend. Have a great Labor Day weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna. We believe in quality of life, so their enclosure is much larger than is the norm, but they are happy, we are happy, and all is well in our little corner of the world.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. No, this isn't for a lot of folks, but we love it. I appreciate you taking the time tor read it my friend.

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Sounds like you are getting a real handle on quail raising! I used to have European quail as a kid and they are really adorable to watch and listen to. Haven't really eaten many quail eggs, but I am sure they are delicious! Voted useful.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      When I was young I watched a cartoon called Farmer Gray. Now, I'm not saying you're a cartoon but you certainly are a Farmer Gray! Everything you try turns out right (after a bit of trial and error of course). The benefit is your trial and error is everyone else's benefit! Another great job.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This was such an interesting read. I had no idea that quail liked garden greens. They do love the tall grass…it seems that they intuitively use it to hide from hunters or other predators, which is why bird dogs are often used to flush them out of hiding. Quail eggs are excellent, but I wasn’t aware that “their normal routine is to drop the egg wherever they happen to be at that moment, and then never looking at it again.” Your adorable little critters are so lucky to have you and your lovely wife as their owners -- and parents, so to speak. And they provide you with enjoyment as well. :-)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Its not for me Billybuc but I do find it interesting and it makes for a good read... oh and by the ay congrats on hub of the day.. don't think I didn't notice...:)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you breakfastpop...I happen to think you are pretty darned special as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith and blessings to you. A busy weekend coming up, so I'll make this short and just tell you I appreciate you greatly.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elsie, wonderful! I want sheep and a cow or two one day, but we need to buy some acreage first. Thank you for sharing that...I believe the populations of wild quail are way down for a variety of man-made reasons.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      You are amazing and it sounds like you are having fun!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Bill, how interesting that they do not need much room at all! Well, that is why they are perfect to raise in urban areas. I love the video of them hatching. Their eggs are unique and so many! I hope you enjoy raising quail for many years to come. Have a great weekend. Blessings always

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Thanks for an excellent hub. Years ago we used to have wild quails they would come into my garden (this is in NZ) and eat my corn as they popped up through the ground so needless to say they were not welcomed. I haven't seen any for years. I am all for having a go here to see how it works out, we have a large beef and sheep farm, this would work in quite good. Only thing I would have to search around because I haven't seen any for sale here in NZ. But I am not going to give up it's in my bucket list.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, DDE, it's not for everyone, but thanks for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Sounds a good idea but not for me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Pawpawwrites! We don't have snakes that we have to worry about here. Just the occasion garter snakes, but they aren't worth considering in the grand scheme of things. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Ann, I thought you were saying that I was cute and cuddly. Darn it! LOL

      Have a great weekend my friend and thank you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm beginning to have problems in the time area. I try to write until three each day, and then I turn my attention to the little farm...but it's getting harder. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, they are cute, but definitely skittish. The eggs taste like....eggs. A bit richer-tasting than chicken eggs, but still they do taste like eggs.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brie, your wish is my command. I'll let you know. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I can see you raising these on that acreage of yours. Glad I can be of assistance my friend. Thanks and have a great weekend.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Looks like you have some pretty interesting projects going on. Makes me wish we had more room. I would think some snakes would be a problem, if they could find a way in.

      I saw some baby quail on my grandparents farm once, and I remember that they seems so tiny.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Cute and cuddly! The quails, I'm talking about LOL. I know they like company and pine if alone.

      I didn't realise their eggs were so nutritious. All round they seem to be a good bet.

      Happy weekend, bill!

      Ann

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I watched the video and the baby quails are so cute climbing out of the egg, amazing! I love to watch nature. How do you find time to do all you do?

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      They're just too darned cute! I was wondering how many quail eggs equal a chicken egg and you answered my question in your article. I've never eaten a quail egg. What do they taste like?

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      Well, get to it! Make a cake and let us know how it turns out ;)

      Inquiring minds need to know.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I am learning so much about raising quail. Your warning tips are especially helpful.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, quail can last five or six years and still be productive. I never thought about guineas but I like the idea. Thanks for giving me another project. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brie, we have not baked with them yet. Do they taste like chicken eggs? Yes and no. Fresh chicken eggs don't taste like store-bought chicken eggs, and quail eggs taste like chicken eggs and yet taste richer if that makes any sense.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      How long to quail live saying they don't meet misfortune first? I don't think I will try them but if all I have gets any easier you never know. There have been some guineas running around the neighborhood that interest me too. The guy that owns them just lets them out each day and they feed everywhere and go back home. Now that sounds like my kind of animal.

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      Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan

      I love these articles about the quail. I will check back someday when I can grow some of my own.

      BTW: Do they taste like chicken eggs? Have you baked with them?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, hopefully you know someone who will give you some to try. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, there are quite a few different species of quail...those in the wild have adapted and do brood...but most quail now are domesticated, and for whatever reason, the brooding thing has been bred out of them.

      Great question. I was wondering if anyone would ask that. :)

      bill......and Happy Labor Day to you, too

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      Liz Davis 2 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Compared to chickens, this looks like it might be a more viable option for most people. Keeping them secure and healthy is a challenge, but at least there probably aren't as many restrictions. I can't wait to try me some quail eggs!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Bill, I did not read all the comments, but hopefully you have not already answered my question. If the quail are not brooders, how does the species continue in the wild?

      Have a great Labor Day weekend!

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes it does, Eric. I'll look forward to reading about your adventure once you start.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ron, I appreciate the fact that you even stopped by. LOL Seriously, thank you for taking the time to read and comment. That means a lot to me.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I can hardly wait to start but we will wait until fall, as 100 degrees makes for lousy raising of anything.

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      Ronald E. Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Let me tell you how urban I am - I never thought of anybody raising quail before. And I had no idea people actually eat quail eggs, let alone that they might be better tasting and more nutritious than chicken eggs. I count all this as knowledge gained. However, my quail farming days, if they ever come, are still in the far off future.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, I can't even imagine trying to protect our birds from a mountain lion. LOL My God, I'd be up all night standing guard. Oh my goodness, we've got it good here.

      Thanks for sharing the story about the wild quail. I love it. To answer your question, it takes about three quail eggs to equal one chicken egg for a meal....darned good eating. :)

      Have a great weekend my friend, and thank you.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, Here in Arizona we have the Gamble Quail running wild and depending on the rainfall they hatch many eggs in the spring. I keep a water hole full of water for the wildlife, and they come to drink every morning and evening.

      It is very interesting to see Mom and Pop quail being trailed by 20 or more little puff balls coming to drink after the hatch. They grow very quickly it seems and by the next year they are bringing their little babies in to drink.

      I honestly have never tasted a quail egg but imagine they are good. How many quail eggs does it take to make a meal?

      I know what you mean by predator protection. I have to do the same thing for my chickens or they become lunch for any number of predators including hawks. We have Bob Cats that roam the area and even an occasional Mountain Lion stops by for a visit. These cats can clear a 6 foot fence without even a running start.

      Thanks for sharing this very interesting project with us and please keep us updated on how it is going.

      Mike

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I have not run into that. Everyone who has been offered our eggs have jumped at the chance. They said they were surprised by how dark yellow the yokes were, but they loved the taste. Anyway, keep an open mind and see how we do....hopefully all will go well for us and we can convince you. :) Have a great weekend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, I am just guessing here, but my answer would be yes, as long as there is a heat source, like a good heat lamp, for them to huddle around. I would do a little more research on them, though, because I honestly am not sure.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I will admit, I am not sold on the idea of getting quail, Bill. My chickens produce more than enough eggs than what I need for my own use and I don't know that I would find a big enough market for quail eggs around here. (Surprisingly, I have had people turn down my offers for free eggs because they are weirded out by the thought of eating eggs that don't come from the grocery store or that don't have white shells. Have you found that at all?) Any way, I am watching your experiment with great interest to see how it works out for you.

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      I have a question. Can the birds make it through the winter outdoors in a place as cold as Michigan? You are getting me interested in this project. I haven't checked in my area to see if quail are available. I think I'll do this today.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I had forgotten about that episode of Lucy. God that was a funny show. Thanks for the laugh this morning dear friend, and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DealForALiving, I saw a video of one such urban farm in the middle of Los Angeles...if there then it can be done anywhere. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      misterhollywood, thank you for the kind words. You made my morning with that comment. Yes, quail...very easy to raise...and the eggs are heavenly.

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      I am truly fascinated that you have been doing this, but wouldn't have the faints idea if it weren't for you what goes into raising quail. No joke, I saw that video above and thought of Lucy and Ethel (I Love Lucy circa) trying to raise chickens. Sorry, just what came to mind, but love it and really cannot help, but appreciate all that does go into raising them and you sharing it here with us, Bill. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend now, too!

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      Sam Deal 2 years ago from Earth

      I still can't get over the idea of your urban farm, and now you're raising quail!

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      John Hollywood 2 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      What a very cool hub. I've never even thought of this. I know a lot of people raise Chickens - why not Quail! You are a gifted writer with a passion for the pen. Really, I am impressed.