Mealworms are an ultimate healthy snack for chickens, ducks, geese, and quail. They are jam packed with protein and something that your critters absolutely love. We raise our mealworms to feed to our hatching babies in the house. We raise (Grand Champion) Quail. The babies go CRAZY over the mealworms that we put in their feeders.
A few things I have found in raising mealworms are that:
I know what I am feeding my birds!
I know what I am feeding my kids, why shouldn’t I monitor what I am feeding my birds too? After all, our birds give us meat and eggs that my kids are eating. Mealworms pack so many nutrients and protein. And your birds will thank you for it.
Meals worms are one of the easiest additions to your homestead. I keep mine in a tub(with holes drilled into the top) and an old fishtank in my laundry room. I feed each container a potato on Fridays and blow out their tanks once a month of all of the “skins” that they shed. Yep, that simple! I have a few pieces of cotton balls in each container for them to lay their eggs in and the bottom of my containers either have oatmeal or chicken scratch.
The mealworm life cycle is in four stages: egg, larvae, pupa, and darkling beetle. The larvae stage is what I feed to my birds.
Besides 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!
Quail 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
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)
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.
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.
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.
Every 6 weeks or so, we hatch out and sell several hundred quail chicks. For the chicks that we don’t sell, they end up with our stock for additional eggs and meat. Several times a year, we order eggs from an outside ranch to bring in “new lines” to our own flock. This adds extra healthy birds to our own line.
Coturnix quail (also known as Pharaoh or Japanese) are awesome little birds. They are full grown at 6-8 weeks and begin laying eggs at about the same time. They do need a covered pen because they fly and can not be free-range in a field. We have ours outside in a coop with a covered 8ft by 8ft outdoor run made out of cattle panels. They lay daily in the warmer months, and less during winter. We feed ours a mixture of fodder, seed, and mealworms.
Currently we have only 40 quail in our outdoor coop, 8 in our indoor garage cage and about 200 babies for sale. I have a crew of people picking up their orders this week for this new line. This batch is from several outside ranches to add new bloodlines to our covey.
If you are interested in starting with quail, give us a call!
As our family continues our journey to create a homestead that provides for us, we are incubating quail eggs (or at least attempting to hatch them).
We have a new incubator and have regular egg rack/turner and a quail egg rack and turner inside.
We have 24 quail eggs along with chicken eggs from the last 3 days from our own hens in the incubator. I never knew how pretty quail eggs were until we got this batch! THANKS to my friend Jessi for picking these up for us.
We also have several dozen eggs from our own chickens in it. Hopefully “Jeff” the rooster is doing his duty and fertilizing our eggs.
The quail eggs only take about 17 days from start to finish. The chicken eggs are about 21 days…. So that makes quail due on about March 6 and chicks due to hatch on March 12, 13 and 14th.
I am always in AWE that it goes from an egg with yoke to a feathered (or rather fluffy) chicken in such little time.