Raising Japanese Quail For Meat and Eggs



Qualis @ SustainableCraig.com

We are now raising Japanese Quail also known as Coturnix Quail. We are using the same techniques described on The Survival Podcast by guest Brad Davies http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/quail-for-eggs-and-meat

We sourced the chicks on craigslist for about $1 a piece.

We will be growing them for meat production as a primary function and egg laying as a secondary function. I’ll be posting updates with the coop I build for them soon.

In the meantime let me address a few questions/concerns folks may have. Some people have said that the meat to poop ratio created by these birds is not worth the time. The poop I plan to compost for a year and then cycle through my garden.

Remember I live in an urban area which means chickens aren’t a viable meat option as roosters are not allowed within the city limits. This means I’d have no way to sustain my flock.

Quails on the other hand are fairly quiet, and due to their small size can be kept in a shed or garage. This would allow me to keep males for reproduction purposes without disrupting my neighbors.

I’m not 100% sure that this is a great idea, but rather than sit back and hypothesize I’m just going to try it for myself and see. Stay tuned for the updates.

About SustainableCraig

I like to save money. Some might describe me as a “tight-wad.” That’s how this all got started. I wanted to save on my monthly bills so I bought some of those energy efficient light bulbs. Then some drapes for my windows to keep the heat in at night. Then I started a little garden to grow some fruit instead of buying it at the store. These seemed like such easy ways to save money. I had to learn more, so I enrolled in the Environmental Biology Class at my local community college. The material in the classroom just wasn’t enough for me so I started watching documentaries on Netflix. Some of the first ones to really motivate me were No Impact Man, Food Inc., and The Lazy Environmentalist. One day I saw a video on TED about a 14 year old kid in Africa who built a wind turbine to bring power to his village. He did this using scrap material and by following pictures in a library book that was in a foreign language. (Here is a link to the video http://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_on_building_a_windmill.html). Talk about inspiring! That was the tipping point for me. I was tired of watching other people do all of this inspirational stuff within their community while I sat on the sidelines, but it seemed so overwhelming. Where do you start? What information could I trust? Then I realized these were everyday people just like you and I, but they were making a difference and getting in the mix. So I got to it. If some 14 year old with a library book could change his village, what could an army vet with a college education and the Internet accomplish? I guess we’ll find out.
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2 Responses to Raising Japanese Quail For Meat and Eggs

  1. bennyguns says:

    That’s an awesome idea! Quail meat is delicious too!

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