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Updated on September 17, 2014

Comprehensive advice -- description on how to grow a small number of quails for eggs

My sister's osteoporosis brought the option to grow quails to my attention. She broke in a quick sequence her leg and an arm some years ago.

After recovering enough, she did extensive tests -- her bone density was found inadequate and osteoporosis in a very advanced stage was diagnosed. She got the advice to consume daily quail eggshells -- which she bought from health shops -- quite expensive natural remedy for the said illness. Later she discovered a couple who were farming the birds and started buying the shells from them

She soon realized that it would be much easier and much profitable to grow her own small number of quails -- she saw the birds being easy to keep, quite sweet creatures and nice, perfect for pets too. She bought the first ten birds together with the cages. There is not much space needed, their management is simple and not costly.

After the first year of eating quail eggs on a daily basis she not only reversed the progress of her illness but got totally cured and emerged fit as a button, acting and feeling like twenty years younger.

She quickly married a Scottish guy, through an online dating site -- and she lived happily ever after, still does. Greetings from her side!

For those interested, I will give in this article practical and comprehensive advice on how to start growing a small number of quails -- after just showing why you should consider doing it.

Keeping a few quails for own consumption of their eggs is different from quail farming -- it is usually for those who have a smaller space, it can be made in urban areas, even inside a home. My experience is related to problems that come with keeping the birds quiet and happy so they do not disturb the people living close by.

Quails can be grown in any climate. The quails that my sister is keeping survive the Eastern European Winter in a cellar without complaining and laying eggs throughout the season. Mine seemed not to mind the heat of Africa --up to 34 degrees C.

Watch the little quail hatching and getting on its feet!

Benefiting : allergies, diabetes, immune system, brain activity, sexual activity, osteoporosis, tuberculosis, stroke, heart - the miraculous health properties o

Quail eggs have special health qualities known by the oriental traditional medicine -- they were considered to have miraculous healing qualities and were favorite nutritional supplement and food for the Japanese emperors.

Quail eggs composition is different from that of a chicken egg. Quail eggs contain twice as much vitamin A and D1 and thrice as much vitamin D2 in one chicken egg. Quail eggs are considered dietary food due to their amazing content. They don't have at all the bad cholesterol LDL but are very rich in the good cholesterol HDL

This is the reason why they can be consumed without any health risks. Quail eggs can be eaten every day and the number rec-commanded is not limited as for the ordinary chicken eggs. They do not cause allergies or diathesis, on the contrary: a certain component of quail eggs, an ovomucoid protein is used in some antiallergic drugs.

Regular consumption of quail eggs can help against many diseases.

Breeding and raising quails are activities that provide you with their fresh little eggs. Breeding and raising quails is also a joy -- they are sweet, tender, loving and lovely birds

Quail eggs are:

  1. remedies against disorders of the digestive tract; they help against gastritis, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer.

  2. remove toxins and heavy metals from the blood and improve the number of hemoglobin -- can cure anaemia

  3. are natural remedies in the treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, vegetative vascular distonia, diabetes as an alternative medicine.

  4. have strong anticancer effects and help inhibiting cancerous growth, act as natural alternative remedies in preventing or during medical treatment.

  5. help eliminate stones from liver, gall bladder and kidneys by their qualities as natural alternative treatment.

  6. help strengthen heart muscles and recuperate after a stroke as natural remedies

  7. regulate the nervous system, enhance memory and promote good brain activity as an alternative natural supplement to the normal diet.

  8. slow down the aging of organs by improving general immunity used as natural supplements.

  9. improve quality of skin and hair -- quail eggs are used in skin and hair care masks and treatment

  10. are a powerful stimulant of sexual potency. The prostrate gland is nourished with phosphorus, proteins and vitamins and restore sexual potency in men.

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quail_eggs

Being sensibly proactive about my general immune system, fitness and life quality

I hope to avoid liver, kidney, bone density, heart, lung and allergy problems -- and I am selling the extra eggs

I decided to get my own quails. I was not ill yet but women in South Africa like to stay fit and the concept is that one should prevent rather than cure.

Ladies after the age of 50 are prone to osteoporosis -- so I decided to be proactive. I was a bit scared at the beginning -- I did not know what to expect as in my area there was no quail farmer at all. I went on the net to identify a possible supplier of live birds, I checked the incubators sold online too as it is easier to find a supplier for hatching quail eggs and get them delivered by a courier service. I finally found a live quails supplier -- 600 km far -- in East London, who said that he already had sent live birds at this distance by a courier and everything went fine. I had to order 50 quails -- the supplier said that is the minimum order he can be bothered with.

At this stage my eggs production is big enough to sell some of it. There is a little fish and deli shop not far -- they call me up when the eggs are sold out and I oblige with new ones. I recoup my expenses with the bird food.

Buy fresh quail eggs from Amazon and boost your health - if you don't have quails to make them for you

take care of your allergies, diabetes, brain, kidney, liver, digestive tract, lungs,osteoporosis -- bone density, hair and skin quality and your general immune system

Turnbull FarmsTM Fresh Gourmet Quail Eggs - 2 Dozen (24 eggs)
Turnbull FarmsTM Fresh Gourmet Quail Eggs - 2 Dozen (24 eggs)

It is a fortunate new product offered by Amazon. People who do not want or have no proper conditions to grow their own quails for eggs, can now safely buy the fresh eggs and make it part of their normal menu as a healthy and tasty natural supplement; it is food as well as a nutritional.component rec commanded for every age group

 
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gogkok_quail

The quails and one special quail to raise

Learning about the quails and how to raise them

The quails arrived and I had a period of learning curve about how to raise them. According to information from the net and the supplier, the cage that also came with them should be big enough for 20 birds. Good, I said in my mind -- I just put 25 in one as I tend to not believe in official stats. But it was not good enough -- the quails were crowing a lot and they started to pick on each other -- sometimes till blood came. I learned that they go for the eyes first - til they blind the one that is not liked. The crowing was also quite heartbreaking -- it was clear that my quails were not happy.

To raise quails and experience the joy of seeing them grow means to make them happy

Then slowly I got to know them and I learned what they want. My husband got involved and we realized that there were too many males in the first place -- and that caused a lot of enmity in the cage: boys attacked boys because of jealousy and girls attacked boys too, the ones they did not like; and they did not really like any of the boys as they were just fight mongering all the time. The cages were also over crowded.

At the end, my husband made two more cages and we let go in a neighboring bushveld most of the boys. First, we kept a ratio of three girls to one boy but then it was still a lot of fighting, so we let go another few boys and reduced the ratio to four girls to one boy. Later we just let go almost all the boys -- except Gogkok, my husband's favorite and another one. As we did never intend to breed little chicks, we did not need male quails. The female quails never seemed to miss the boys ever after. They have been not affected in their egg laying. People interested in hatching baby quails and breeding should keep one male to three females -- to have the eggs fertile.

When finally ten birds were living in one cage that initially was meant for twenty -- all became nice an quiet. Only one cage has a boy, the others are boys free and peace is upon the whole remaining quail population.

Gogkok is a male -- he was the only one to get hurt at the beginning during the transport and lost one of his legs. Gogkok is my husband's favorite and we keep him in a little birdcage apart as he can not walk on the usual chicken mesh used for the cage floor. Gogkok is fed and loved and taken out of his cage and cuddled --then he sings and makes tender loving noises for the one who cuddles him . Gogkok loves my husband and my husband loves Gogkok and that is how it is.

My sister is saying that this is not a normal situation and we should have slaughtered and eaten the boy quails in the first place and the females when they stop laying eggs-- not to mention Gogkok. She gave me wonderful recipes for quail meat -- you'll find them further down the article.

That is what I would also advise other people -- it's just not the way I can do it in my own quailery. My husband would hate me forever for planning such a dinner, even if there were candles lit for the occasion.

This is the story.

In the following I will describe the implements that a little quailing like mine needs and practical advice about their diet and general upkeep. Those who are interested to grow quails themselves, please read and feel free to write to me and ask for further information. One thing is certain -- the quails are very easy to keep -- they lay eggs for more than a year -- the birds can be eaten after that -- they make a delicious meal. The eggs eaten during the year will cure/prevent osteoporosis and improve general health and address various other issues of physical fitness.

Buy fresh quail eggs first -- to see if you want more - then you can decide to grow your own quails to have fresh eggs every day

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quail_box

The quails came in the box

My first batch of quails came in a box by a courier service that is not specialized on animal transport but has an arrangement with the supplier. He is a retired gentleman, living on a farm in South Africa. He is supplying people like me, at the start of quailing -- supplies good advice and encouragement too and the cages -- that is how he makes the activity very efficient. My sister had the same experience when she bought her first quails -- the couple that supplied the birds also made the cages -- and had a very good business roaring indeed!

The quails were huddled together in three boxes like the one in the picture. The supplier gave them a vitamin mixed in their drinks and I was advised to keep giving them the same for another three days. I got a small amount of that powder with the birds I also negotiated a bit of the food they have been used to -- to make the change of environment a smooth process. It was great excitement to separate them and watch if they like each other.

It can happen that some do not like the others -- just like with people. Then they must be put in another cage. It is important to try to get them in friendly groups -- then once settled, they will be happy and get on in their new residence.

Make sure that you negotiate the number of females -- suppliers tend to send too many males. It is easy for them to check the sex of the animals -- it is only the matter of good will and taking the time for that. The female quails are lighter on the chest -- they have a darker collar around the neck -- for the rest their chest is speckled but light. Male quails have a darker color all over. Male quails crow -- female quails don't.

If you get too many male quails you will have to give up on them. My advise is to simply eat them and that is how life goes on.

In a module below about my other articles you can find one lens with recipes for quail eggs and quail meat.

The comfortable cage is important for a happy breeder -- raise your own quails!

Happy quails make the happy breeder and raising quails becomes a joy

In my experience the stats about how much space a quail needs are not valid for a breeder that wants quiet and healthy birds. Yes, they can survive 20 in the same box as the ten -- but they are noisy, they are fighting and hurting each other. They can survive in those condition on farms where production is considered in terms of financial efficiency.

Giving them double the floor space -- the birds will never crow, fight or get hurt. They will live happy and lay happily the eggs that the owner is expecting them to lay. They will play in the sandbox and crrrr crrrr gently whenever fresh food is put in their cage.

The comfortable cage for ten quails is like in the photo gallery below. I also searched for you ready made pens -- you can buy then from Amazon. They are comfortable and easy to clean. Unless you have already part of the material needed for the building of a pen in your garage, it is a good idea to buy it from Amazon.

If you decide to build your own quail pen -- there is the chicken mesh loose on offer on Amazon -- or you could find it in some hardware or Agric shop around. In my region buying the material would not make the pen cheaper than what Amazon has on offer -- I do not know about your region.

The best sizes are as in the Amazon cages' . My own cages that I got from the supplier are roughly the same. The cages built by my husband are not the same size -- but my husband never would take advice from others. Nevertheless, the quails living in those are happy as the others -- no complaints at all.

I have pens that stand on their own, at a height that makes them comfortable to attend to. Two of them open in the front. Another cage is sitting on a table -- together with the little cage for Gogkok.

Two cages have a system that allow steel trays underneath; that makes cleaning easy. I place newspapers in the tray and just fold them together with the droppings -- when I do not want to collect the droppings to disperse them in the garden as a way to improve the soil. It is a pity that I do not have a vegetable garden to use up all the quail droppings.

Two cages have a simple plastic sheet underneath that serve the same.

I clean after every four or so days -- as I am not very keen on that. The birds are fine but I would agree that the cleaning could be done more often. Well, it is up to every breeder to decide.

Photo gallery of quail cages - the average cage is roughly 100 cm x 65cm x 25cm -- this should accommodate 20 quails -- but in my experience ten birds only woul

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fold the newspaper with the waste and easy removethe cage can stand on a table, with a plasric sheet underneath covered with newsapaper for a convenient cleaningquail cage with opening at the frontsteel tray pulled from under the cage for cleaningI only pulled out entirely the tray to show how it works. It is enough to pull it halfway when cleaningThe steel tray on a wooden frame. It is only pulled out for the photo session -- normally I only pull it halfway out and fold the newspaper with the droppings together to remove everything in one easy  moveanother cage, with a plank mounted under the cage to support a plastic sheet. I maintain the same as the tray abovesimply quails in the cagethis is the cage before cleaning -- I do that once in four days -- but it is anyone's choice.Happy quails in the sandbox, they love playing in the sand and cleaning their feather while making gentle low noises like crrrrrr crrrrrr -- I add some wood shavings in Wintertime -- to keep the sand dry. I have sand on the beach around but those who
fold the newspaper with the waste and easy remove
fold the newspaper with the waste and easy remove
the cage can stand on a table, with a plasric sheet underneath covered with newsapaper for a convenient cleaning
the cage can stand on a table, with a plasric sheet underneath covered with newsapaper for a convenient cleaning
quail cage with opening at the front
quail cage with opening at the front
steel tray pulled from under the cage for cleaning
steel tray pulled from under the cage for cleaning
I only pulled out entirely the tray to show how it works. It is enough to pull it halfway when cleaning
I only pulled out entirely the tray to show how it works. It is enough to pull it halfway when cleaning
The steel tray on a wooden frame. It is only pulled out for the photo session -- normally I only pull it halfway out and fold the newspaper with the droppings together to remove everything in one easy  move
The steel tray on a wooden frame. It is only pulled out for the photo session -- normally I only pull it halfway out and fold the newspaper with the droppings together to remove everything in one easy move
another cage, with a plank mounted under the cage to support a plastic sheet. I maintain the same as the tray above
another cage, with a plank mounted under the cage to support a plastic sheet. I maintain the same as the tray above
simply quails in the cage
simply quails in the cage
this is the cage before cleaning -- I do that once in four days -- but it is anyone's choice.
this is the cage before cleaning -- I do that once in four days -- but it is anyone's choice.
Happy quails in the sandbox, they love playing in the sand and cleaning their feather while making gentle low noises like crrrrrr crrrrrr -- I add some wood shavings in Wintertime -- to keep the sand dry. I have sand on the beach around but those who
Happy quails in the sandbox, they love playing in the sand and cleaning their feather while making gentle low noises like crrrrrr crrrrrr -- I add some wood shavings in Wintertime -- to keep the sand dry. I have sand on the beach around but those who

Where to get the quail? - First thing first -- decide if you want the live quail or fertile eggs to hatch them

In most regions of the world there are quail breeders by now. One can buy fertile eggs or just the live birds -- just at the age of laying eggs. There is impossible to provide here links to all regions -- but you can always Google search "fertile quail eggs" or "where to buy live quail" -- surely it will return some options.

Ready made quail pens on Amazon - they are ideal for ten quails -- you can keep more but they would complain

Large Gamebird Carry Cage. Made of 16 gauge wire, 1/2" x 1" mesh. Holds up to 15 pigeons or 25 quail. 3" pass-thru door transfers birds without handling. Size is 30" x 15" x 8". Built-in carry handles.

Gamebird Carry Cage
Gamebird Carry Cage

This cage could hold four -- six birds for permanent living -- I would not rec command it for more although the product is described for 25. The height is good -- quails are not supposed to live in high cages -- they make sudden jumps if there is space and can hurt themselves. The birds are happy to run around, eat and play in the sand -- that I put into a little box in a corner.

 

IMPORTANT !! -- quails kept for their eggs should be provided with light whenever the natural day light is less than 16 hours pe

I have a neon tube that is switched on and off by a timer. That makes it easy and I do not have to monitor the lights

Very nice quail pens- remove the divider and save space by a feeder outside - also, save by the in built feeder

This pen has roughly the same size at the one above. It has dividers that make the option of separating the birds. According to my experience the best would be to remove the dividers (the product has this option) and let the birds interact. The advantage of this cage is the feeder attached outside -- the birds can be fed very easy, just by adding the feed from outside the cage.

3 Section Quail Breeding Pen
3 Section Quail Breeding Pen

The feeder that is attached outside makes it easy to control and manage the feeding

 

Quail breeding manual -- simple, illustrated book on how to raise quails - breeding quails in confinement

Feeding and watering the quails -- keeping them happy and healthy

The quails should have feed at all times -- the more they eat, the more they lay eggs. That is why they need the light for 16 hours/day -- to keep awake and eat. A healthy quail will lay eggs five days /week at least. I add to the feed that I buy a small amount of cooking oil -- to increase the fat content -- 100ml to one kg -- twice the amount of brandy served in the pub in one shot -- and the quails seem to like it. Sometimes I add a bit of wild seeds -- usually reserved for pet birds like canaries. They seem to quickly discovere the difference and get spoiled little birds -- they end up by picking the wild seeds first. I also store the shells of the regular chicken eggs that I use for cooking in the house and some of the shells of the quail eggs and grind them for the quails -- a little extra calcium will help their bodies process the eggshells they lay their eggs in.

The quail food bought in a ready made mix should have the proper content and no addition is compulsory -- unless the owner wants to treat them to the wild seeds now and then.

They like a green leave now and then -- spinach or green lettuce. An apple would make them play for a long time. Do not give them cabbage though or dry beans.

By all means -- keep the quails away from smoke. They are very sensitive to smoke. If you plan a braai (outdoor party with grilled meat) and want to use charcoal or even wood, ,make sure the quails are far enough.

The waterer should be at distance from the food. Food in the water will ferment and spoil the taste of it.

If possible, give them fresh water every day -- but in special situations when the owners are planning to go on a short trip, that is not necessary. But they need water all the time, so make sure you have a big enough implement for the water to hold the quantity for two, three days. My own waterer holds two litres of water -- that is enough for ten quails for two/three days.

Feeding and watering the quails - photogallery

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happy quails eating from the feeder. they only have access to the feed through the feeding holes. The quails would like to play and waste a lot of food -- they don't care about the starving of the worldquails like a green leafmixing the usual chicken feed with wild seedsmixing the seeds with cooking oil and  chicken mashthe waterer -- is 20 cm high and two litres of water can be left for the quails
happy quails eating from the feeder. they only have access to the feed through the feeding holes. The quails would like to play and waste a lot of food -- they don't care about the starving of the world
happy quails eating from the feeder. they only have access to the feed through the feeding holes. The quails would like to play and waste a lot of food -- they don't care about the starving of the world
quails like a green leaf
quails like a green leaf
mixing the usual chicken feed with wild seeds
mixing the usual chicken feed with wild seeds
mixing the seeds with cooking oil and  chicken mash
mixing the seeds with cooking oil and chicken mash
the waterer -- is 20 cm high and two litres of water can be left for the quails
the waterer -- is 20 cm high and two litres of water can be left for the quails

In case you decide to hatch eggs -- here are the incubators

Little quails are very cute, small like half your thumb. If you can not get the live birds from a supplier closer to you, an option would be to buy the fertile eggs from eBay (there are on sale almost all the time -- just check the eBay in this article below). The chicks need warmth and the special chick feed - and grow to laying stage in six weeks.

The quailmaster - my husband and a female quail

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my_husband_and_quail

This is the painting I did after the quails arrived. I think they liked it -- none of them seemed not to like it

Or simply give your regards to my quails

Or just say whatevah you feel

Feel free to ask for help -- if you are a new quail owner or if you want to become one of those - Or just share your own experience on anything related

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      Thanks for the informative lens on quail.

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      viscri8 6 years ago

      @jseven lm: aI am only happy to give advice to anyone deciding to start growing quails for their ffresh eggs

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      BeyondRoses 6 years ago

      The potential benefits of eating quail eggs is interesting, but I find raising them, as is with any penned animal, sad. A beloved childhood memory is the quails my daddy loved, and fed, running wild in the field...Glad you set some of your group free!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Regards to your quails and I'm glad to hear that they are happy and healthy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Excellent info. I know more about quail eggs with this lens. I'm hoping to take classes when my kids get a little older about this quail eggs and I have more time.Thanks a lot for sharing :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with angel dust for your quails...I think I missed the picture of "The Quail Master" the last time I was here...excellent!...*

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I love quail egg in soup. Didn't know they have so much health benefits. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      giovi64 lm 4 years ago

      Good info.

      Beautiful and interesting lens!

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      suepogson 3 years ago

      Great - your info on health benefits will really help my fledgling business. Thanks for that!

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      suepogson 3 years ago

      I didn't see your final line till after adding my comment ... so here's another one..."This is the painting I did after the quails arrived. I think they liked it -- none of them seemed not to like it" .... hahahahaha... I love your humour! (and I love the picture!)

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      giovi64 lm 3 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I have heard quail eggs are of great benefit to the body. Thank you for sharing this further and for the detail information on how to raise them. If I ever get my farm, I am going to have to look into this.

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