Quail poultry are short birds, very rich in protein weighing about 5 ounces. Their eggs take about 17 days to hatch and four weeks in a brooder. Its eggs incubate for 16 - 17 days.Quails poultry are short cycle birds because mature early and start laying eggs in the sixth week. So, if you have an egg today, you will need eight weeks for the egg to begin giving you an egg per day. No other commercial birds performs this well. A lighting system is very important or alternatively an improvised way of keeping the room warm. The chicks do well with some warmth just as is the case with chicken. The birds require feeds amounting to at least 17 grams of feed per individual per day.
Unlike hens which lays seasonally, quail poultry will lay at least an egg a day which will give the farmer averagely at least 300 eggs per year, under intensive light and good feeding quail poultry will lay even two eggs in a day. If you choose to start with chicks, observe them very keenly when they are between one to two weeks of their life, in the third and fourth week, you may relax a little. Quail poultry are known to be good layers and have tender meat with ability to gain weight from the sixth week. Imported breed from USA Jumbo Brown is mainly a layer it is also consumed for meat while Texas A&M is harder to breed compared to Jumbo Brown. Quail poultry are currently available from local innovators among farmers who at a cost of ksh 500-900 each depending on the farmer.
Old parent stock of quail poultry can be revitalized for weight gain by shortening the light exposure they get per day from 17 hours to eight hours after which they can be slaughtered for meat. The broiler quail poultry stores very limited fats making it a protein source for weight-sensitive and health conscious people. Layers and broiler birds can be reared commercially up to two years, if reared for egg laying. If the birds are reared for meat it will reach slaughter age at week six to eight weeks depending on the feeding regime the farmer puts the birds on. Quails poultry do not need immunization like the hens given their strong natural immune system which reduces the cost of production.Buy yourself an incubator!: