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Raising quail is not costly, easy, supplies very healthy low-fat white meat, and offers the fertilizer you need for your garden. The moderate start-up costs for rearing quail are well worth the cost. It you are considering going into the venture of farming quail or else you are already in the business, you have one main major aim, to make a profit. For people who desire to take their raising quail hobby to the next level of manufacturing and marketing large numbers as a business, there is a huge market for them out there right now. The cost of feed and supplies is less considering all the meat and eggs you receive for your efforts.
Farming Quail however does need more than just feed and equipment. This also needs a commitment by you, to keep a clean plus healthy environment. When keeping quail, sickness is your greatest opponent. Studies in this field have found that 80% of quail mortality could 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 own an impressive resistance to disease, begin laying at 6 weeks of age, and may be consumed at 4 to five weeks of age. Coturnix and lots of other types of quail and their eggs are marketed the year round by game bird farms all over the world. Maintaining the same number of hours under lights will keep your Coturnix quail laying eggs during the year.
Note that Coturnix quail kept outside will not lay past autumn so if you need eggs year round, they must be kept indoors. Under the right conditions, each female bird will lay about 300 eggs per year. Quail eggs are also a scrumptious delicacy served in many professional dining rooms. It takes about three Coturnix quail eggs to equal one small chicken egg. A lot of producers deal a few years ahead for the sale of their birds or eggs.
When beginning any type of business, your goals should be to keep overhead as low as possible and get a fast turn around on your investment. Rearing the Coturnix quail in my view is the best way to get this and start your quail farming business.