The Cortunix quail have fit nicely into the homestead.  They don’t require much space and eat considerably less than chickens and ducks. They need about 2 pounds of food to lay a pound of eggs while a chicken needs 3 pounds of food to lay a pound of eggs.  I was quite surprised with the cute sounds they make – sorta like a cross between a frog and cricket.

We are starting with 12 hens and maybe will add a few more (and one male) later on.

At the homestead backyard barnyard, we aren’t into keeping animals in cages.  We object to any animal confined to cages for their lives and  didn’t want the quail to spent their lives not being able to take dust baths (which they love – just like chickens! )   We “sacrificed” one of the raised beds and turned it into a pen. For the housing, a re-purposed dog house that someone gave us made a great quail house (pretty cool!)

One thing that did surprise me is that at dusk the quail don’t go home (“to roost’) at night, so we have to make sure their pen is coon (raccoon)  proof.

They haven’t laid yet, but we are looking forward to our first quail eggs.

Benefits of Quail Eggs


Quail eggs are packed with vitamins and minerals. Even with their small size, their nutritional value is three to four times greater than chicken eggs. Quail eggs contain 13 percent proteins compared to 11 percent in chicken eggs. Quail eggs also contain 140 percent of vitamin B1 compared to 50 percent in chicken eggs. In addition, quail eggs provide five times as much iron and potassium. Unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs have not been know to cause allergies or diathesis. Actually they help fight allergy symptoms due to the ovomucoid protein they contain.
Regular consumption of quail eggs helps fight against many diseases. They are a natural combatant against digestive tract disorders such as stomach ulcers. Quail eggs strengthen the immune system, promote memory health, increase brain activity and stabilize the nervous system. They help with anemia by increasing the level of hemoglobin in the body while removing toxins and heavy metals. The Chinese use quail eggs to help treat tuberculosis, asthma, and even diabetes. If you are a sufferer of kidney, liver, or gallbladder stones quail eggs can help prevent and remove these types of stones.



  1. Janine says:

    Hi Anais,

    I’ve been to your ice cream social and it was wonderful. My friend Jim sang the Janis Joplin song piece of my heart. (not bad for a guy trying to sing like a girl)

    I would love to start raising quail for their eggs, where do you get your quail from?
    Could you also tell me how you “Coon” proof the cage and how big is your cage?

    I would love to come see you again, when are you having another social?

    You guy are an inspiration to a want to be, thanks again. Janine

  2. tom johnston says:

    Have your quails laid eggs yet? So I assume you have a fenced in (raccoon proof) yard for them, as they don’t go in their house at night, correct? Are they next to but separated I assume from the chickens? Do they get along? I am entertaining added them to our place. We are in Greensboro NC but used to live in San Diego and Palm Desert. Thanks Tom

  3. maribel says:

    I really wanted to have my own garden and some animal farms to raised, I have I hectare of land how do I start

  4. Mark says:

    Hello! I am a wanna-be urban homesteader and have been thinking about adding quail or hens to my backyard garden. I’m drawn to quail because they may be easier for a first timer that is a little nervous. Do you have a strong opinion about starting with a handful of quail versus a few hens? Any info is appreciated. Keep up the good work!

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