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Raising Coturnix Quail On The Homestead

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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.

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  • Pruning Fruit Trees.
  • Had to run a new wire to the greenhouse.
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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 the 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 needs 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 Long


Waterer – Quail Water Base Automatic Drinking Cups


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 –

Quail Egg Cutter


Processing Quail A link to a video of someone dispatching and processing a quail.


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


Today’s Recommendations:

Jack Spirko’s Quail Aviary Build on YouTube:



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