More Baby Quail.

Posted: 10th May 2013 by Joe Prepper in Animals, On The Homestead

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Our trio of White Texas A&M Coturnix are doing well and the two hens give us two eggs a day. I have them in a commercial rabbit cage for now, but I am trying to design/build a portable coop for them. I would really like to have something where they can open forage, but a lot of people run into issues. I think I will have to settle on a 4×2′ cage that can be portable if necessary. The main thing with the standard cage design is I can make the floor slanted so egg collecting is much easier. I didn’t really think of quail eggs as large enough to do much for a food source, although I know they are very nutritious,  however we collect eggs from the two hens we have for a week then we have a dozen. The kids love ’em and given the evidence that they have good vitamin and medicinal qualities…I’m thinking we will add some every week with the hen eggs. As of now we have another broody hen on eight eggs so we need the quail eggs to supplement our flock.

 

Since we are still trying to decide on an incubator I purchased another 28, day old keets from the same place. I am working on a grow out pen for them, but at a day old you can fit 30 of em in a shoebox. Well, maybe not since at two days old they can jump about 10 inches in the air. For now I am using a 10 gallon aquarium. I am not sure if I will use this batch for all meat or if I will keep some hens for egg production. Guess it would not hurt to have a few breeder groups in case something happens to the ones I have.  Here are a few pics.

2 day old keets huddled together.

2 day old keets huddled together.

For size comparison

For size comparison in my wife’s hand.

I got two browns,

I got two browns,