Raising quail and harvesting quail eggs is a passion of ours because we love these little birds who feel like pets, and quail eggs are some of the finest delicacies in the world of eggs. You might have been buying chicken eggs for a long time, but you have likely been to a five-star restaurant that serves quail eggs over some of their dishes. Quail eggs are a fun thing to have in your kitchen, or you might sell them because you are the only person in your community who has them. Read more to learn how to raise quail, harvest their eggs, and keep these birds happy.
1. Prepare For Winter
You cannot do anything unless you are prepared for winter. This means that you have a coop that is heated, and you have a coop that closes. The quail could hang out in your yard for much of the year, but they need a safe place to go when it gets too cold. Some people actually bring their quail inside to a small room in their basement or use a coop they have set up in their garage. When you are prepared for winter, you may continue.
2. Start With Two Or Three Birds
You cannot afford to run a massive coop that has half a dozen (or more) birds. The coop should have two or three birds that are friendly, that you have gotten to know, and that you can give personal attention to. The birds might live in a special aviary that allows them to walk around without flying away, or you could get quail that already have their wings clipped. Name your birds, get to know them, and begin feeding them properly.
3. The Feed Schedule
The feed schedule for quail requires that they are given an industrial food that will help to build up their weight and allow them to start laying eggs. Sick birds do not lay eggs, and thin birds do not lay eggs. Keep the birds on a schedule so they are accustomed to eating at a certain time, and remain consistent so that they will grow in a healthy manner. The birds will remain healthy only if they have been fed well, have water in the coop, and get visits from the vet at least once a year.
4. The Vet
You should have a vet come out to the house to look at the quail at least once a year. The vet can tell you if the quail are thriving, and you might find out about genetic conditions the birds have, any odd behaviors they exhibit, or you might learn that one of your quail is getting a bit too old to lay eggs. This is the point at which you must consider breeding and growing your quail village.
5. Allow Some Eggs To Hatch
Mothers want to have babies to take care of, and you should allow some eggs to hatch when you want to grow the coop. You can keep the ladies around as egg-laying quail, and you might let the boys go so they can live in the wild. Some people keep a couple males around for protection, or they might choose to harvest and eat the male birds when they have matured.
The best thing about raising quail and harvesting their eggs is that you get to have quail eggs with your meals every day. You have one of the finer delicacies known to man, and you are allowed to have friends in the coop that you will get to know over the years.