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Rearing quail is inexpensive, easy, supplies very healthy low-fat white meat, and provides the fertilizer you need for your garden. The initial start-up costs for raising quail are well worth the cost. It you are considering going into the venture of raising quail or perhaps you are already in the business, you have one major aim, to make a profit. For people who desire to take their farming quail hobby to the next level of producing and marketing large numbers as a business, there is a large market for them out there right now. The amount of feed and supplies is less considering all the meat and eggs you get for your work.
Farming Quail however will need more than just food and tools. It also needs a commitment by you, to keep a clean and healthy environment. When keeping quail, disease is your greatest enemy. Studies in this field have found that 80 percent of quail mortality may have been prevented with proper management.
Newbies should start with the Coturnix quail. The Japanese or Coturnix quail are the quickest growing and reproducing birds. Also, they are the best specie of quail to farm for meat and eggs. These quail have an amazing resistance to sickness, begin laying at six weeks of age, and may be consumed at 4 to 5 weeks of age. Coturnix and many other types of quail and their eggs are marketed the year round by game bird farms all over the globe. Maintaining the same amount of hours under lights will keep your Coturnix quail laying eggs throughout the year.
Note that Coturnix quail kept outdoors will not lay past autumn so if you would like eggs year round, they should be kept indoors. Under the right conditions, each female bird will lay about 300 eggs per year. Quail eggs are also a delicious delicacy offered in many professional kitchens. It takes about three Coturnix quail eggs to equal one small chicken egg. Many producers contract a year or two ahead for the sale of their birds or eggs.
When starting any type of business, your goals should be to keep over head as low as possible and get a quick turn around on your investment. Keeping the Coturnix quail in my opinion is the best way to accomplish this and start your quail farming business.