Category Archives: Quail

Have you seen what we have on sale on our homestead this week?

Have you seen what we have on sale on our homestead this week?  We always have animals  (or a waiting list available). 

Currently we have the following available: 

Male Rabbits – Rex and New Zealand/Rex Mixes – $10 each

Coturnix Quail (mix of breeds – Pharoah, Texas, Tibetan, Tuxedo) – $3 each or 10+ are $2.50 each

Chicks  (Americauna and barnyard mixes, straight run) $2 each

Misc Ducks – Currently Laying – $10 each (males and females available)

Registered American Nubians (from our registered Male, Declan – at the Neighbors 4 doors down) Doeling – $250, Buckling (intact)- $150, born on 5/23/2016 – See the Craigslist ad: http://prescott.craigslist.org/grd/5705835950.html

 

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Solar oven “hard boiled” quail eggs

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There are so many different things that you can make in your solar oven.  A favorite snack in our house is hard boiled eggs…. especially quail eggs. They are BITE SIZED! 

You can use a solar oven to “hard boil” using the hot air inside the oven. 

When using a solar oven for eggs, an easy hack it to hard boil eggs  is to put them in a carton inside the  oven. The carton needs to be one of the paper ones, not the plastic or styrofoam ones because the cartons will melt inside the oven.

Once you place your  eggs in the carton, set them inside your solar oven. Seal the lid and add the reflectors. The quail eggs will take between 90-120 minutes depending on the temperature. 

 

Creating a fodder system

ABM_1460661921Building a FODDER SYSTEM to feed livestock

Finding simple ways, to make your products go further is something very important to our family. We have hundreds of animals on our homestead and needed to find a better way of feeding them.

With fodder, we can quadruple our feed output for our animals just by sprouting trays of wheat seed for 8 days and quadrupling the amount of feed we get out of each bag for our animals. A 50 pound bag of seed can yield 200+ pounds of sprouted fodder.

Growing our own wheat fodder (wheatgrass) was an easy way to add additional feed to our animals while saving a bit in our budget.

We have been extremely successful growing wheat, barley and oats (although oats tend to be a bit harder to grow.) You can pick up recleaned wheat, recleaned barley and recleaned oats at your local feed store. We purchase our recleaned wheat from Warren’s in Chino Valley. I have found that their wheat seems to grow best for what I am needing.

Here are the things that you need to get started:

  1. 8 trays ($1 plastic shoeboxes work for starting. We use both those and heavy duty black planting trays)
  2. Shelf to hold trays (we have a metal shelf for one set and a PVC homemade shelf or the other set)
  3. Drill with drill bit to drill holes in bottom of trays
  4. Water collection bucket
  5. Pitcher or large jar. (or optional water pump and fixtures)
  6. Bag of wheat, barley or oats (recleaned are best) optional: additional types of seeds, black oil sunflower seeds or Austrian winter peas.

In order to make a successful system, you need to make sure that the water can flow through each tray and fall to the next tray down in a waterfall effect.  The collection tray is at the bottom to collect all of the left over water that you can then recycle into your garden or other plants.

Here is a link to one of our posts on our website: http://krisandlarry.com/2014/12/05/update-on-fodder-our-system-is-working-great-2/


 

Mother Earth News has a GREAT list of how much fodder that you need to per animal:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/sprouted-fodder.aspx

  • Horse: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; 1.5% body weight in dry hay
  • Beef Cow: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; barley straw ration
  • Dairy Cow: 3-5 percent of their body weight in fodder; barley straw ration
  • Sheep: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; hay ration
  • Goat: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; mineral and hay rations
  • Dairy Goat: 3-5 percent of their body weight in fodder; mineral and hay rations
  • Alpaca: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; hay ration
  • Pig: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder
  • Rabbit: 3-5 percent of their body weight in fodder; hay ration for roughage
  • Chicken: 2-3 percent of their body weight in fodder; grit and calcium supplements

 

What a GREAT Quail Day!

krisandlarry.com - New breeds of Quail on our homesteadBesides being in the middle of a fantastic hatch (we are filling a huge order of quail this weekend) here on our homestead, we have added some beautiful new coturnix lines to our quail for our future hatches.

We now have Golden Italian and Cinnamon Reds. Both BEAUTIFUL BIRDS!  

We will have babies from this crew about June.

Watch our facebook page for a post once we have them available. Our facebook page is www.facebook.com/krisandlarry 

Quail for sale; March 2016

ABM_1456880522Quail available now. GREAT for meat and eggs… (Yes, they lay daily like chickens)

We currently have baby coturnix quail for available for sale. We incubate between 600-1000 eggs a month. They are full grown and lay at 8 weeks old and are great for both meat and eggs. Located in Chino Valley.

$3 each or more than 10 are $2.50 each. We take credit cards too!

We hatch out birds (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and quail) every month on our homestead.
We also raise Nubian Dairy Goats, Yorkshire Meat Pigs and KuneKune Pigs.

Visit us online at www.krisandlarry.com or on our facebook page at www.facebook.com/krisandlarry

Want more information on raising quail? Check out our info page. http://krisandlarry.com/2016/01/25/coturnix-quail-at-our-homestead/

Coturnix Quail at our homestead

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Berlyn, my 10 year old, holding a quail egg from this morning.

Coturnix quail are extremely easy to raise for both meat and eggs. They are full grown between 6-8 weeks. And begin laying at that time too.  Their eggs are AWESOME in both flavor and in nutrients.  

Here are the coturnix quail sub breeds that we are currently offering. We have been hatching quail for several years and bring in new lines several times a year to keep our bird lines fresh. We began raising them as meat and eggs for ourselves. We hatch 600+ eggs a month (and take advance orders). This is a kid-run 4H business. Our prices are always $3 each or more than 10 are $2.50 each. Our facebook page is www.facebook.com/krisandlarry (We have a new sub breed of eggs on the way too)
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Here is a list of different sub breeds of Coturnix that I have come across in all my research. 

  • Pharoah Coturnix- Wild color (We have these!)
  • A & M-  pure white feathers- can also have brown spots on back of head and or on the back. (We have these!)
  • Golden aka Manchurian, Golden Speckled
  • Tibetan aka British Range dark coloring (We have these!)
  • Tuxedo– this bird is produced by breeding an A&M to a British range(We have these!)
  • Silver / Lavender
  • Cinnamon / Red(We have a line of these on their way.)
  • Fawn / Rossetta

 

Feeding your quail 

Quail need a higher protein than chickens to produce eggs.

We give our quail a 25%+ game bird food everyday along with a scrambled egg in the pens ever few days or so. We also grow our own wheat fodder and give them meal worms as treats. 

Egg Production

Breeding season for quail is March – September… You can keep up egg production with them as long as you  keep them both “warm” in the winter and 14 hours of light. 

Housing

Quail are simple to keep. We have our in an old converted chicken coop with a cattle panel hoop house run.  They can be kept in rabbit hutches, or even specific made quail cages. We give ours a bit of room, but know that they don’t need a ton of space.