Quails are beautiful birds that are kept in the homestead for meat and eggs. While it is smaller than a chicken there are still several reasons why one would want to try raising quail on the homestead.
- Eggs – While their eggs are smaller, they are great egg layers. They start laying eggs at about 2 months of age. You can substitute 1 chicken egg for 3 quail eggs in a recipe. Also, when chicken usually stop laying eggs over the winter months, quails may still be laying eggs. They lay about 1 egg a day.
- Hatching Eggs – Quail egg hatch at around 18 days.
- Space – Quail need less space to keep them
- Less to Feed them
- Source of Income – You can sell the eggs. Research prices in your area to sell at farmers markets.
- Cost less to purchase – The initial cost of purchasing a quail is less than buying a chicken. you can buy them at about $5 each.
They say that quail is perfect for an urban setting. People that have them absolutely love them!! Here is a video called “6 Reasons to Keep Quail” by Brimwood Farm.