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If you decide to raise quail for your farm, you’ll look forward to their eggs, which can be used in recipes and eaten just like chicken eggs. Coturnix quail lay daily just like chickens, and their eggs are spotted and speckled. In many parts of the world, quail eggs are considered a delicacy. Their eggs are smaller, so you will have to use more of them, about 3-4 quail eggs per one chicken egg. But their quality is comparable to chicken eggs. Quail are perfect for the urban farmer that cannot raise chickens.

If you live in an urban area, one of the main advantages to raising quail for their eggs is that cities and towns that do not permit chickens might have exceptions for quail, or might leave them out of legislation altogether. Another great plus is that quail do not crow; instead, their calls are quiet chirps and coos that give little indication of their presence, and they’re much less likely to annoy your neighbors than a 4:30 a.m. rooster wake-up call. It is important to note that you cannot let Coturnix quail free range (like chickens) as they fly very well.

• Find a space in your yard or on your balcony where you can hang a quail hutch or cage. Clear the space underneath in which to place straw. This will help you to collect and remove waste. You can also decide whether to house your quail in a different sort of housing like a rabbit hutch or something similar. However, the cage above is set up in a way to prevent diseases since quail waste is high in ammonia.

• Purchase a long, narrow cage and hang it from an overhang on your house, garage, or balcony. Choose somewhere that has access to light, but is blocked from strong winds. Most quail cages are built of open mesh wire, since the birds need shelter, but plenty of air. They should be housed away from predators including pets.

• Decide how many birds you need based on your egg consumption. Figure out your weekly chicken egg consumption. It takes 3-4 quail eggs to equal one chicken egg and your mature females should lay one egg every day. Plan to get one female bird for each chicken egg you eat. Note: Quail eggs can be consumed like chicken eggs; however, it requires more birds to produce the same amount.

Coturnix quail are highly recommended birds to keep. They aren’t just good egg producers but they can also be kept as meat and are really easy to look after. Note: If you’re looking for quail that lay bigger eggs you should go for the jumbo coturnix.

• Where to purchase quail: There are options on where you can purchase quail. Go to Craigslist or look in your local paper first. The best idea is to use contacts in the local livestock or urban farming community to get birds that are acclimated to your climate. Also, try local ranch or farm supply and feed stores. If they don’t get quail each spring with their chickens and guinea fowl, they may be able to order them specially for you.

Important tip when buying quail: Buy at least two females for every male, but keep males separated. A preponderance of females will ensure plenty of egg production in your flock. At the same time, you’ll probably only be able to house one male in each cage; if two or more males are kept in a single cage, the dominant male may attempt to kill all other males to ensure that only he will be able to mate with the female quails. Raising Quail: Tips for Daily Care

• The food should be a ‘laying fowl’ mix starting at five to six weeks of age. Special laying food is available at most feed stores. Ask if it is good for laying birds before you buy it. If you are raising quail for meat, change their food to a ‘finisher diet’ instead of a laying fowl mix.