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Raising Quail

Quail Farming

Quail birds are hearty birds which thrive very well in cages and are relatively inexpensive to maintain. If you can spare ten minutes a day and you have a square meter of space then you could be on your way to a healthier life. They are birds that every household can keep without stress. The high rate of returns and low cost of investment as well as rearing them are some of the reasons many farmers are fast resorting to quail farming. The fact that the birds grow and reach maturity stage faster and lay eggs within two months, they are usually in full egg production, compared with the six-month maturity period of chickens for whether egg-laying or consumption, attract them to farmers who see the business as a better and more sustainable investment to explore.

Raising quails is easy and less demanding compared to chicken e.g., a quail hen is ready to lay eggs after 1 month and 1 week with peak of laying on or after one 2 months and 1 week. The laying percentage decline on the 10th month. If properly mated, quail birds have high fertility and good egg hatchability in 16 days. Quail are easy to raise and its housing requirement not complicated as that for chicken. A 4 x 8 x 1 foot high cage can already house 250-300 layers. And if one uses local materials like bamboo, the cost is cut short effectively.

As commercial birds, quails require minimal space, time, and investment. Moreover, they grow quick, multiply faster, and very efficient in converting feeds to egg and meat. Unlike other fowl, they are not delicate birds as they do not easily contract fowl diseases common to poultry, especially chickens.

There is a demand for quail eggs and meat i.e. in streets, stores, restaurants, hotels, and bars. Therefore marketing should not be something to be worried about. Quail eggs can be sold fresh, boiled, salted or pickled. Quail meat can be served barbecued, fried, or in the other ways that chicken is also prepared. Some reputable bakeries use quail eggs as an ingredient i.e. in baking and in making leech flan.

Quail raising in any country is promising. It can be started with a much lower capital investment as compared to any other poultry. It also offers quick financial cycles that lead to quicker returns.

The adult male bird weighs approximately 100 – 140grams, while the females are slightly heavier, weighing about 120 to 160grams.


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