The quails are finally here!! Woop woop. I’ve been talking about getting quails for a year now and they are finally here. I’m loving watching these little tiny moas running around in their converted rabbit hutch. Aren’t they pretty? quails_nz_backyardThey are great time wasters and are so funny to watch; digging, dusting, eating. Man they love a good bath. When you watch them you see that they really behave like mini chickens. They like to scratch around digging the ground and peck at yummies. Actually only one of the white quails has a name she’s called pecky he he.

I bought Japanese (also called coturnix) quails which are normally used for meat and egg production as they are the largest of the quails and produce 12-14g eggs. I bought a breeding group which is six females and one male. I have four white females, two tuxedo females and a rosetta male. I love having these different colour birds but they do come in many other colours I might have to add a few of these over time!

quails_nz_backyard I have read that quails just drop their eggs where they walk but I haven’t found this to be the case. For the first two days two of my girls dropped their eggs in the run but the other girls lay their eggs in the nesting/ sleep box. A week on and there are two nests in the box and I find all the eggs in there. Wow I wonder if they will even sit on eggs? Quails are meant to be terrible mothers but since mine have a large run on the grass maybe it’ll be a different story? Only time will tell.

quails_nz_backyardQuail eggs are so tiny (especially compared to my massive orpington eggs!) and cute they really are a work of art and I hear no two are ever the same. Even the inside are an amazing quail blue.

quails_nz_backyard Quail eggs are truly yummy; the only way to describe them is that the white tastes whiter and the yoke yokier so basically they taste eggier than chicken eggs. Not to mention the super cool factor of eating quails eggs! So far we’ve fried them, boiled them, given some away and also I’ve put nine under Nero who is broody again for the third time this year. Wow I may have baby quails sooner than I thought.  quails_nz_backyardSomethings I have noticed is wow they eat and drink a lot for creatures so small!! I really need to make another food dispensary as at the moment I need to feed them twice a day and fill their water every two days. Must get onto that tomorrow. Also they are even more productive than chickens I’m getting an egg a day from each girl!! Own six eggs a day for a week now. Crazy! This is what happens if you don’t eat the eggs for a few days! What a terrible problem to have!

quail_nz_backyardI’m so super glad we have them they are loads of fun, super cool and it’s wonderful to have a few more animals on our urban homestead. I had heard chickens were a gateway animal oh dears who knows what else they might lead too!! Have you eaten quail eggs or birds? What animals do you have? Do you own or thought about getting quails?


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15 thoughts on “Quails

  1. 1ted01 .
    December 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    They look so pretty, a shame to eat them lol

    1. December 11, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      I assume you’re talking about the eggs not the quails. Ha Ha. Though I’m vegetarian so I won’t be eating the quails but Mr Ecochick can’t wait to try one. We wont be eating these ones though (maybe pecky as she’s rather mean!) maybe babies? We’ll see. Mx

      1. 1ted01 .
        December 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm

        Yip sure was talking about the eggs, there is now way I could raise something then eat it ,blurk

        1. December 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

          Yep the eggs are super yummy and so worth it! Technically if you kill your own animals you know what type of life they have rather than buying meat that may not have been treated as humanely. Mx

  2. Anneke
    January 5, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Hey- nice blog :), I also live in Welly and have wanted quails for aaages- where did you get yours from? I’m particularly keen on bobwhites, but coturnix are good too! (just interested in eggs not meat). Any advice would be awesome thanks 🙂

    1. January 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Hi, I bought mine from trade me. If you email me I can pass on the lady’s cell phone number. She only has coturnixs I don;t know the size of bobwhites eggs. I will be adding posts on looking after quail in the future. Feel free to get in touch anytime. Mx

      1. January 6, 2014 at 11:43 am

        Or I could sell you some fertile eggs if you want to”grow” your own. Mx

  3. Katie
    January 17, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Hey, I’m looking into getting some quails for my backyard – in the process of building a run and nesting box at the moment.
    Inside the run I was going to put a box of sand for dusting, a trough for food, and a rabbit drinker for them to drink from – what’s your set up? What do you have inside your nesting box and what do you feed them? I’d be really interested to read some more about how you look after your quails as there’s lots of different info out there and it’s hard to know where to start! Thanks 🙂

    1. January 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      That all sounds perfect! I am in the processes of doing a food/ care post so that will be up super soon. Everything you have said is just as I have it. I have straw/ hay in the quail sleeping area. They don’t need nesting boxes but mine are making their own nests in the sleeping area (not that they sleep in there!). they need a really high protein food (over 20%) I get meat bird crumble and they are doing great on this. I also give them lots of green (weeds/ lettuce/ spinach/etc) from the garden. God luck. These little guys are so much fun. Mx

  4. Holly
    September 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Do you happen to supply duck eggs? I’m trying to find a supplier of duck eggs in Wellington and am not having much luck!

  5. Dennis
    April 7, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Do you still have quail?
    Where do you source quail feed/mash? There is not much support here for newbies to backyard quail.
    I am in Hawke’s Bay.
    Kind regards

    1. April 10, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Hello Dennis, I sure do I love my little girls. I personally feed them Sharpes pheasant strater crumble as it has 28 grams of protein per 100. Since you’re in the Hawkes Bay you have the most amazing resource right at your door step! I’d get in touch with the amazing Janet Luke from Green Urban Living she’ll be able to help you. she taught me everything I know. Enjoy these cute little friends M x

  6. Natslie
    December 22, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Hi i am looking to buy few quail for eggs. Do you by any chance have any ti sell me. I am in vogeltown. We have 8 chickens already. Natalie

  7. October 25, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Outstanding story there. Whatt occurred after?