Friday, 10 January 2014

Quail, the super producing backyard bird for egg an Meat  production, the ultimate in "micro livestock" suitable for those trying to live in a more ethical and sustainable manner.

However a quick glance at many of the websites suggesting this show a method of quail raising which looks disturbingly like a cage/battery system.      

 Why I am considering Quail

According to the N.S.W Department of Primary Industry
  •   Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) are   hardy birds that thrive in small cages and are inexpensive to keep.
  • They are fairly disease resistant. 
  • Japanese quail mature in about 6 weeks
  •  Usually in full egg production by 50 days of age.  
  •  With proper care, hens should lay  200 eggs in their first year of lay. 
Then there are the other cage types which I think I will lean towards.

 Quail will still be kept at higher densities than  would keep chickens, but at lower densities than the the  cage systems shown above. 
    Big pluses for this type of system are:
  • The quail get to express natural behaviours. Dustbathing, Foraging,etc
  • Quail will eat weed seeds and fertilize lawn and garden areas.
  • The will have access to the sun.
  • I will feel less mean.
So that this works I will need to remember to make garden beds and cages the same size!

The above image is from a site with some interesting information about this quail keeping method and the way it impacts the lawn.

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