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Quail Getting started January 22, 2013

Well in the last few weeks I have received numerous requests on how to get started. Quail farming is very rewarding and quite an interesting enterprise. The first thing I would like to say is do your market research and then venture into the business.

Quail in their breeding cage.

Quail in their breeding cage.

There are a few pre-qualification requirements. The first thing you need to do is apply for a permit from Kenya Wildlife Service. If you can do it in person the better, you will find out more information from the wildlife wardens that you would otherwise miss on email. The process takes at most about two days and it will only set you back kes 5o0.

Once you have your permit you can obtain a list of Quail farmers or breeders from KWS or you can contact Quality Quail Suppliers, whom we partner with. We do not sell eggs for incubation but we do sell chicks.

Quail bird cages.

Quail bird cages.

The other thing you may want to do  decide if you want to free range your birds or cage them. In my farm we have opted for the later. We have bird houses which we keep the birds in and this has several benefits. You can tell the age of the birds, you can monitor them for sickness or injury and collection of eggs is much easier.  See my earlier post on the subject here

Quail are usually reared in captivity because they do not do well naturally.  The reason for this is, quail usually move around a lot due to the fear of predators. But in captivity you can harvest the eggs and incubate them. Quail are very hardy and all do is just provide them with adequate food and water. I must say they command a fairly good appetite so be sure to keep them well feed. In captive breeding the first two weeks are very instrumental. If you do not feed them well, they become stunted in growth which is not good for the meat market.

A mature bird weighs about 300 grams and about 275 grams when slaughtered. The health benefits from quail products are numerous. I will share more on those at a later time. I surely hope this information proves useful. If you want to clarify any issue please do do get in touch.

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The quail farm! January 5, 2012

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Currently I have about 350 birds for meat. We have been collecting eggs on a regular basis, on average about 20 eggs a day. We recently sold off abut 230 birds for the [2011] Christmas festivities. This year I hope to get to the 750 birds for meat . To keep quail one must be licensed by the Kenya Wildlife Services.

Quail farming is quite a pleasurable experience. Quail are quite hardy and have a natural resistance to infection and their meat is therefore free from medications given to domestic birds that are bread for meat.  In Africa quail are often found in the grasslands.  Quail kept in captivity are reared for meat, eggs, manure and feathers.

In Kenya quail are categorized as a protected species along with ostrich and lions.

Quail reared in captivity are either kept in cages or in huge barns to simulate a free-range environment.  Quails do not breed well in captivity so incubators are used to hatch the eggs. The eggs take about 18 days to hatch. The hatch-lings are very small and delicate. (In comparison to chicken) Those kept for meat take about 6 to 7 weeks to mature and start laying eggs at around 10 weeks and lay about 250 eggs in their lifetime.

Quail are feed on demand on a high protein chick mash. Their feeding troughs should be clean as well as their watering cans.  Feeding quail on greens such as Kale helps improve the quality of eggs and meat. Its’ important to take care while watering chicks as they can drown in relatively shallow water.

Quail meat is a delicacy. It is a lean white tender meat and low in skin fat and low cholesterol value. Quail eggs weigh about 10 grams in comparison to 55 grams for a chicken egg. However they are very nutritious. They contain a higher quantity of vitamin B complex, vitamin K, and Vitamin E than chicken eggs. Quail kept in captivity for egg production must be exposed to sufficient sunlight, which helps in yellowing of the yolk. Ancient traditions believed that the eggs had medicinal value.

Quail eggs are very delicious and comparable to free range chicken, they are low in cholesterol and rich in choline, a chemical essential for brain function. They have many health benefits and are recommended for various conditions including: Anemia, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, gastritis, diabetes, nourish the prostrate gland that may help restore sexual potency.

If children eat at least two eggs daily they grow better and are less likely to suffer from infectious diseases.

There is a growing demand for quail meat and eggs in Kenya. If you have not had some quail you should try some. I prefer mine flame grilled and my eggs scrambled! Yam! Yam! Yam! is the word!

Quails breed in captivity.

Below some pictures:

In the Next post…

Water Project – shallow well

The fish project


To order for quail meat or eggs  drop me a line! [Within Nairobi area]


Hello World! August 19, 2011

Welcome to urbanshamba!

Shamba is a kiswahili word for farm! Soon I’ll publish some articles about urban farming and some practical tips and challenges I have experienced. Just to whet your appetite, I’m currently keeping quail for meat, soon for eggs, my green house tomatoes are in their fourth week. My fish pond is a work in progress but i’m sure this will be interesting.
looking forward to to great blogging…

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