Quail farming in the Philippines is becoming more and more popular and is considered to be one of the most profitable poultry businesses. Do you like to raise animals and poultry like chickens, ducks, turkeys, or pigeons? If yes you can also try raising quail because its system is almost no different than chicken care. What if you are planning to raise a quail but you lack the knowledge? This article will be able to help you.
What is Quail
The common quail or pugo is a type of small bird that is hunted or raised for meat and eggs. It is a bird with a small but plump body, about 18 centimeters (7 inches) long, and usually stays only on the ground although it can fly fast.
Its meat can be eaten. Its eggs are nutritious. Many of our compatriots sell and sell boiled quail eggs as their livelihood.
Caring for quail can also be a source of income, many entrepreneurs have already entered this type of business and they have proven its potential. But how to raise a quail?
Quail Farming How to Do It
Based on the testimonies of those who have taken care of quail, it is said that it is easy to take care of.
They added that it can be turned into a career even if you have a morning job, are a student, or have just graduated.
The Proper Way of Caring for Quails
- Start by making a proper cage for the quails to take care of (later I will teach the proper cage for quail).
- Female quails can be purchased to serve as breeders or to lay eggs to be used in breeding quails.
- The quail can be fed chicken feed, one kilogram for fifty laying quails. The crushed shell can accompany their food to make their eggs stronger and smoother.
- The 1/2 inch chicken wire for the cage should be sliced to fit the quail’s food pouch to prevent them from scrambling for food. Add another 1/2 inch to prevent the quails from getting diarrhea.
- Always have food in the quail food container. They should have 24 hours of food to get higher and good egg production. They should be lit so that they do not stop eating. When you do this, quail can lay 2 eggs in 24 hours.
Quail Cage and Housing
Quail farming needs proper housing. Quails are similar to chickens and are easy to care for. They can be housed anywhere as long as they are comfortable.
- If the quail is just a chick, they need a brooder with a temperature of 38 degrees Celcius.
- This temperature can be achieved by placing a 100-watt bulb.
- In a 4 × 8 feet brooder, it can house 700 chick heads.
- This is the appropriate number of chicks per brooder. When they exceed 700 they will be crowded when they arrive on the 7th day.
- Put a sack that will serve as a cover on the side of the brooder to prevent cold and heat from entering the brooder.
- Newspaper the brooder’s flooring. This is to prevent cold and air from entering the flooring.
- This is also where the feeds for the chicks will be temporarily spread.
- The most complicated part of raising a quail is when it is just chicks.
- The death of other quails when neglected is inevitable.
Remember that a proper quail cage plays a big role in the survival of your pets.
Quail eggs produced as the product of quail farming are used in many foods as whole or ingredient. It is very important to take care of quail eggs, apart from this depending on the quantity of your pet quail you can also sell it as food. That is why quails need to have a proper nest for their eggs. The number of eggs a quail will lay depends on the amount of food it eats. That is, the more food they have, the more eggs they will lay. Therefore, quail breeders are advised to always have food in their cages so that they do not go hungry and their spawning is not affected.
So the cage must always be lit especially at night so that the quail can continue to peck for their food. Its return is lots of eggs, lots of quail, and of course lots of income.
Questions Related to Quail Farming in the Philippines
How profitable is quail farming?
Quail farming is absolutely a very profitable business. But before starting, you have to make a good business plan and have to work according to the plan. Quail farming requires less capital or investment than raising any other poultry birds. You can start this business with a very small investment.
How long until the quail is fully grown?
Prized for their meat and egg production, they are considered to be fully grown at six weeks and begin to produce eggs at eight weeks. Unlike chicken roosters, the crow of a male quail is not as loud, nor does it carry as far.
How do you take care of quail in the Philippines?
They can be raised in any suitable and comfortable place in the house. The birds do not easily contract fowl diseases common to poultry, especially chickens. Vaccination is not needed and the drugs usually given to chickens do not have to be added to quail feed or drinking water.
How many eggs can 1 quail lay in a day?
A Coturnix quail hen will usually begin laying somewhere between 5 and 8 weeks of age. She will lay one egg almost every day. She will probably lay at least 300 eggs per year or more. After a brief molt will continue to lay almost as well for her second year.
How much space do you need for 100 quail?
How much space does quail require? “They don’t require a ton of space, it just depends on your numbers,” Lhamon says. The Penn State Cooperative Extension guide recommends 1 square foot per quail in floor pens (chickens, by comparison, require about 4 square feet per bird).
How long is the lifespan of a quail?
Rarely, if ever, does a quail die of old age. The average life span is less than 1 year. Quail is a prey species and faces major sources of mortality beginning the day it is laid in the nest as an egg.
How many quails to start with?
If you are raising quails to “try the experience,” you can start with two or three birds. If you plan to breed them, you need at least three females for every male. You can also purchase a hundred if you want to get the most out of their meat and eggs.
Can quails lay eggs without mating?
Typically, eggs (quail, chicken, whatever) are unfertilized; hens will lay eggs most days without the need for a rooster. Even cage-free eggs are usually unfertilized because there’s no reason for an egg-laying facility to have a rooster around.
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