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Incubating and hatching your own quail is rewarding for you and your family. (All photos by author.) Hatching Japanese Coturnix quail can be a delightful experience. Despite their diminutive size and tiny cheeps on hatching day, quail chicks are resilient and grow very quickly. Incubation requirements for quail are a little different than those for […]Read more »
Home is where the quail are. With modern farming, there are many ways to raise an animal. There isn’t a right or wrong way, rather, we all learn what works for our space and needs through trial and error. Environment plays a significant role in how we choose to house our animals. What works in […]Read more »
Mixing it up, birds of different feathers CAN flock together. Keeping a mixed flock is a thought bound to cross your mind when those spring chicks start arriving at the feed store. Maybe you have chickens and think you might like to add some ducks. Maybe you have ducks and want to expand into more […]Read more »
Nurture your nascent covey in this cozy hand-built brooder box by Kelly Bohling. All photos by author. Getting Started and Re-Purposing I’ve used several homemade brooders for brooding and raising quail over the years. Storage tote models work well, especially if you’re just starting out. After brooding several generations of chicks, though, I decided to […]Read more »
Button, Bobwhite, Coturnix, Jumbo; how do you know which quail are the right fit for you? Alexandra Douglas has lots of answers for your questions. When I was a child, I always dreamed of owning quail. I visited a family friend who bred parrots and saw these cute little birds on the bottom of the […]Read more »
Learn more about quail meat and how to process your birds for home use or market from quail expert Alexandra Douglas. Quail have been (and are still) typically served in fancy restaurants as a delicacy. These days, folks like to know what’s in their food, and one of the best ways to do this is […]Read more »
Amy Fewell helps you set up the right kind of habitat for your quail. The number of homesteaders keeping domestic quail is growing by leaps and bounds. Quail are an incredible meat and egg source, especially if you live on a small property. Some people even keep quail in apartments and on balconies––they’re truly that […]Read more »
Learn tips and tricks for safely housing these marvelous birds from quail expert and owner, Kelly Bohling. (Unless otherwise noted, all photos by author.) Quail Are Easy to House Raising Coturnix quail—also known as Japanese quail—is an approachable endeavor, made easier by the low maintenance habits of the birds and their hardiness against disease and […]Read more »
Want to own backyard birds, but don’t have the room or time for chickens? Alexandra Douglas shows you how to acquire, hatch, and brood tiny, beautiful Coturnix quail. Intriguing Alternative to Chickens With the popularity of raising your own birds for meat and eggs, Coturnix quail are becoming the alternative to chickens and other fowl […]Read more »
Quail are small, but delicious mouthfuls. Here are two recipes for Roasted Quail from “Culinary Birds” by John Ash. COFFEE-SPICE ROASTED QUAIL WITH A VANILLA SAUCE MAKES 6 SERVINGS Ingredients 12 bone-in quail 5 tablespoons (75mL) olive oil, divided Coffee-spice Rub 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds 12 black peppercorns 20 coriander seeds 3 whole […]Read more »