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.
WHY QUAIL EGG IS IMPORTANT
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.