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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:
remedies against disorders of the digestive tract; they help against gastritis, stomach ulcer and duodenal ulcer.
remove toxins and heavy metals from the blood and improve the number of hemoglobin -- can cure anaemia
are natural remedies in the treatment of tuberculosis, bronchial asthma, vegetative vascular distonia, diabetes as an alternative medicine.
have strong anticancer effects and help inhibiting cancerous growth, act as natural alternative remedies in preventing or during medical treatment.
help eliminate stones from liver, gall bladder and kidneys by their qualities as natural alternative treatment.
help strengthen heart muscles and recuperate after a stroke as natural remedies
regulate the nervous system, enhance memory and promote good brain activity as an alternative natural supplement to the normal diet.
slow down the aging of organs by improving general immunity used as natural supplements.
improve quality of skin and hair -- quail eggs are used in skin and hair care masks and treatment
are a powerful stimulant of sexual potency. The prostrate gland is nourished with phosphorus, proteins and vitamins and restore sexual potency in men.
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
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
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
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 woulClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
- Grow your own quail -- live quails
Live quail for sale in Australia
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.
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.
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
it is a guide for those beginners who want to raise their own live quails
Fertile quail eggs -- get them for your own breeding
- Fertile quail eggs -- shipped in the USA
Fertile quail eggs for hatching on mail order -- with implements to breed quail at home.
- Fertile quail eggs -- shipped in the USA
Quail eggs for hatching -- shipped on order.
- Fertile quail eggs -- shipped in Africa
Fertile quail eggs in Africa -- shipped from Cameroon
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 - photogalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Various bird waterers on Amazon
I find this waterer to be a best option for a beginner.
Hatching quails -- how to raise quail in your backyard - Raising a few quail in a small space
- Hatching quail -- tips from a breeder
How to hatch quail? Information on temperature, stages of hatching.
- Hatching quail -- tips from a breeder
How to raise quail in your backyard?
- Hatching quail -- in an incubator
Hatching the quail -- basic instructions on the process
- Hatching quail -- a choice of mini incubators
A wide range of choice -- small automatic incubators for the backyard quail grower.
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
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