Raising Quail for food , enjoyment or profit

New quail babies!

Raising Quail for food , enjoyment or profit:

Raising quail can certainly provide some relief from your food bill while providing some fun and possibly added income as well!

Quail are deemed easy to grow, cheaper to feed and more free from problems than even chickens are. We have raised plenty chickens and are going to try this venture.

NOTE: Chickens are outlawed in many cities and quail could fill that need for those of us who want a taste of the country life! They are less noisy and since they are in a cage should be easier to maintain.

We will use our own experience in the quail arena as a way to convey to you how easy, fun and rewarding this project can be.

UPDATE: 7-13-17: We built the pen and have the incubators set up and running at the right temp. Sheila ordered 6 dozen eggs and they came today! Lost 10 in transit but that is really the last of the problem. The high temps was our main concern! We got them nestled into the incubator and are on our way 🙂

Here we moved the quail pens into another useful configuration
Here we moved the quail pens into another useful configuration
Our incubator. Auto turning , digital humidity and temp and forced air
Our incubator. Auto turning , digital humidity and temp and forced air

UPDATE: 7-19-17: We received 15 adults from Keith our friend from work and got them settled into our pens! They eat about 1 quart of food a day on average!

 

UPDATE: 7-30-17:  Our first hatch came today! Sheila’s son and wife gave us a new incubator to hatch in and that helped a lot! We can keep our main one turning and separate when the lock down time comes for a hatch. It is important to have the temp on all incubators adjusted prior to using! We had 22 born and lost 1 as he was late and did not fully draw the yolk into his belly like he should have. We had 15 that did not develop at all and another 15 that did not make it through the hatching process. Due to the long in transit time in the middle of July and the rough handling they got, we feel ok with the results. Quail typically do not have the hatch ratio of chickens.

We are on our first bag of feed and as of 7-31-17 we still have over 3/4 bag full!  We are feeding 15 adults and get an average of 5 eggs a day from the 10 hens! Some of the hens are young and may not be laying yet.

Today we are boiling 3 dozen eggs we gathered and are going to pickle them. We have some quail egg scissors ordered that work like a cigar cutter and help to open the eggs without a lot of undue trouble! The eggs are thick shelled and ever so small 🙂 I want to make fried eggs and eat on crackers. We will post the recipe in another post soon.

3 dozen quail eggs ready to pickle!
3 dozen quail eggs ready to pickle! Need 2 more dozen for a full quart 🙂

COST UPDATE:

  • pens and waterers =-$115
  • Incubators = -$135
  • 1st bag of feed = -$27
  • hatching eggs = -$39
  • laid eggs = $9 [3 dozen @ $3]

So far $316 out and $9 in! $307 left to break even

FIRST WEEK FOR HATCH #1: Stay tuned for the details of first week for this hatch! We will start weighing them and looking for breeders.

UPDATE: 8-3-17: HATCH 2: We set a few eggs from Keith and hatched 7 Texas A&M whites. Check the size difference in the 2 hatches!

What a growth rate huh! We are weighing them as they grow and will post results.

*Our egg production is at an astonishing 90%! 9 eggs a day from our 10 hens!

COST UPDATE: 8-9-17

  • pens and waterers =-$115
  • Incubators = -$135
  • 1st bag of feed = -$27
  • hatching eggs = -$39
  • laid eggs = $24 [8 dozen @ $3] [WE PICKLED 3 AND SET 5 ]

So far $316 out and $24 in! $292 left to break even

NOTE: BIRDS PUT ON ALMOST 400% WEIGHT IN 7 DAYS FROM 8-1-17 TO 8-8-17~~~~~~~ They went from 12.28 grams to 45.99 grams for the Texas A&M whites and from 13.7 grams to 50.56 grams for the Jumbo Pharaoh  browns!

UPDATE 8-15-2017:

19 days old and growing strong! Our 1str quail hatch

COST UPDATE: 8-18-2017

Started 2nd bag of feed. Keep in mind the babies are also now eating the adult food!

  • pens and waterers =-$205 [Added 4 more pens]
  • Incubators = –$135
  • Feed = –$54 [on second bag ]
  • hatching eggs = -$39
  • laid eggs = $48 [16 dozen @ $3] [WE PICKLED 11 AND SET 5 ]

So far $433 out and $48 in! $385 left to break even! We are going to try to sell some pickled at $6 a 1/2 pint jar!

COST UPDATE: 9-13-2017

Started 3rd bag of feed. Keep in mind the babies are also now eating the adult food! Raised 36 birds to 2 weeks old and 8 to 3 weeks old which we sold!

  • pens and waterers =-$205 [Added 4 more pens]
  • Incubators = -$135
  • Feed = -$81 [on 3rd bag ]
  • hatching eggs = -$39
  • laid eggs = $108 [36 dozen @ $3] [WE PICKLED 11 AND SET 15 ]
  • SOLD BIRDS! = $81 .. Then FACEBOOOK busted us for selling animals  GRRRRRRRRRRR

So far $460 out and $189 in! $271 left to break even! We are going to try to sell some pickled at $6 a 1/2 pint jar!

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