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.
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.
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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