Many non-traditional homesteaders turn to keeping quail when they discover they can’t keep other forms of poultry. Some homesteaders choose to add quail even if they already have other poultry on their homesteads. Why? Because quail offer many benefits to the small-scale farmer and the exchange of time and money for these benefits is great. If you haven’t read Why You Should Consider Keeping Quail, I highly suggest you do.
There are several varieties of quail available, but Coturnix Quail are one of the most popular choices. Coturnix are the variety we have chosen for our homestead. Last night we set 40 Coturnix Quail eggs in the incubator. What is absolutely incredible is that in merely ten weeks, our eggs will be producing eggs. Yup! From the first day to setting eggs in the incubator to the first day they begin laying is only about two and a half months. That is a much faster turn around than chickens and ducks, which take almost seven months.