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How to Raise Quail

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Looking for an interesting and unique pet? Quails can be not only great pets, but also quite profitable in the long run to have. Quails are unique in their behavior, appearance, and personalities. If this is your first experience with raising quails you’ll want to start out small. A small “flock” and coop are best until you get into the swing of things.

Quail by Eggybird
Before even attempting to hatch your own quails be sure to check local and state laws regarding permits, permissions, and restrictions to raising any type of wild creature such as quails. Without checking these first you could make avoidable mistakes that may wind up being costly.

First things first, if raising quails from eggs you’ll have to be sure to use an incubator. Quail eggs hatch best in an incubator if they are not in the wild. Even after hatching you’ll want to be sure that you are feeding the right food, keeping the temperature at the right amount of heat, and also keep your young quail babies healthy. Most importantly make sure young babies are kept stress free, and in a safe environment as this can be a crucial factor in their health. Also, be aware that quails are social birds, and therefore will require a flock or several buddies in order to be successful.

Next, size and space needed to raise happy quails are actually a lot less than what one might assume. Quails are quite small creatures and therefore do not need as much space as a chicken or duck might need to flourish. Luckily, one can get away with a much smaller coop to house a larger number of quails than one might need for chickens. For instance, a coop that would comfortably house 3 chickens, can comfortably house 8 quails. Coops can be raised or rest on the ground. Many quail breeders favor raised cages because they are easier to keep clean. The droppings fall through to the ground and can be raked up and removed to the compost heap without disturbing the birds. In raised cages, the birds will never be standing in manure and the eggs will remain clean. Make sure to acquire proper housing before even bringing home your young birds.

Lastly, make sure to do any and all research before you get too confused and mixed up. Researching your new flock is crucial to ensure you’ll be on the right track to raising a healthy flock. There are many books, websites, and people available to help you on your goals. Be sure to research feeding, sexual habits, and keys to the perfect environment for your growing flock. Also research local vets that may specialize in helping raise a healthy flock. By having a good vet you’ll lower the risk of unnecessary problems.

By following just a few simple steps, and maintaining a good relationship with your growing flock, you’ll be on your way to having healthy and happy pets. These pets will also be great in the long run for those using them for other purposes, such as harvesting their eggs. This would be a fantastic way to jump start any organic diet!

About the Author
Suzie O’Connor lives in Florida and raises a variety of hens, baby chickens, and a few roosters. She shares her learning experiences and helps to educate others on how to get started and the many benefits of raising backyard chickens. Visit her website

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