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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!
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