Presenting the cutest and most efficient part of any homestead, the Coturnix Quail!
Quail are amazing for many reasons but first and foremost they will begin to produce eggs for you at 8 weeks of age. Compare that to chickens which take an average of 5 1/2 months. Eggs are about the 1/3 of a size of a regular chicken egg but pack a nutritional punch and are some of the more beautiful eggs nature has designed.
Quail eggs are packed with vital vitamins and minerals. Even with their small size, their nutritional value is an amazing three to four times greater than chicken eggs. Quail eggs contain 13 percent proteins compared to 11 percent in chicken eggs, making them an excellent choice for a little child’s breckfast. Quail eggs also contain 140 percent of vitamin B1 compared to 50 percent in chicken eggs making them perfect for vegetarians who eat eggs. Quail eggs provide five times as much iron and potassium and have not been know to cause allergies or diathesis as chicken eggs sometimes can. Recent studies show that they actually help fight allergy symptoms due to the ovomucoid protein they contain.
Regular consumption of quail eggs helps fight against numerous diseases. They are a natural combatant against digestive tract disorders such as stomach ulcers. They strengthen the immune system, increase brain activity, promote memory health and stabilize the nervous system. They help with anemia by increasing the level of hemoglobin in the body while removing toxins and heavy metals. Chinese medical practitioners have used quail eggs for thousands of years to remedy aliments such as rhinitis, asthma, hay fever, spasmodic cough along with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, tuberculosis, asthma, and diabetes If you are a sufferer of kidney, liver, or gallbladder stones quail eggs can also help prevent and remove these types of stones. Whew! Talk about natures home remedy treasure chest!
Coturnix quail are quiet little birds that do well in confined predator safe spaces. If you have the space we recommend pasturing them in tractors as we do here at the farm. Giving them ground contact allows them to do what they want to do naturally like dust bathe and poke around the soil for bugs. They will fertilize the spaces they have inhabited and you could seed fresh greens behind them for a nice rotational grazing program. If you do not have enough space for a tractor or chicken coop many folks keep them in cozy rabbit hutches where they can happily poke about eating any leftover greens and trimmings from your kitchen cooking.