Raising Coturnix Quail On The Homestead

In this podcast episode I discuss what you need to know to get started raising Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail on your homestead. I talk about the basic facts about these quail, general care and equipment needed as well as some the benefits from this wonderful livestock.

Homestead Updates:

Pruning Fruit Trees.Had to run new wire to the greenhouse.Check for birds you want at Rural King and Tractor Supply

Homesteading Relevant News:

Chicago Tribune – At ‘growing’ libraries, patrons collect seeds to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers  http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-lake-county-seed-exchanges-st-0227-20180226-story.html

Hangin’ Out on the Homestead Front Porch:


Main Topic Of Discussion:

Raising Coturnix Quail On The Homestead

Some Great Things About Raising Coturnix Quail:

Low Maintenance

Take Up Very Little Space

Fairly Quiet

Great Tasting Meat and Eggs

Very Easy To Process

Less Attachment Issues

A Couple Drawbacks

Very Messy, Wasteful Bird

Eggs Are Hard To Work With

Facts: Egg Incubation: 17 days Reach Full Size: 6 -7 weeks (10-12 oz) Start Laying: 7 -8 weeks

Incubating: Temperature: 99° – 100° Humidity: 50 – 60%

Brooding Keep quail in brooder until fully feathered. Decrease brooder temperature by 5 degrees weekly to help them adjust.

Feed manna-pro-gamebird-showbird-feed-5-lb or equivalent until 6 weeks before switching to a cheaper, slightly lower protein feed.

Quail Housing

Aviary: An aviary is a large enclosure for confining birds. Unlike cages, aviaries allow birds a larger living space where they can fly; hence, aviaries are also sometimes known as flight cages. Aviaries often contain plants and shrubbery


Quail are very content with being raised in cages and only need about 1 square foot per bird. A 24″ to 30″ cage normally used for rabbits can easily house 4-5 quail.

Other Equipment Needed:

Feeders – Round http://amzn.to/2iW7BNH Long http://amzn.to/2kcICL4

Waterer – Quail Water Base http://amzn.to/2iMxDrb Automatic Drinking Cups http://amzn.to/2j6a9vU

Small Pan For Dust Baths – These can be any inexpensive pans probably under $1

Quail Eggs 3-4 quail eggs to equal average size chicken egg. If given supplemental light Coturnix Quail can lay 200 – 300 eggs per year.

Article on health benefits of Quail Eggs – https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/animal-product/quail-eggs.html

Quail Egg Cutter http://amzn.to/2iWaRs7

Processing Quail A link to a video of someone dispatching and processing a quail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNLvT0L7dk8

If you are considering another or maybe a first small livestock for your homestead I believe Coturnix Quail will make a fantastic meat and egg source worth thinking about.

Today’s Recommendations:

Jack Spirko’s Quail Aviary Build on YouTube: 



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