Quail breeding for Kilome

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The Japanese Quail is the most commonly breed quail for eggs and meat. With wholesale prices standing at a minimum 20/= an egg in Kenyan market making it higher than prices for chicken eggs it makes it an ideal farming alternative for Kilome women and youth.
They are easy to keep in pens similar to rabbit pens with a ratio of 1 male to 3 female recommended to avoid fighting as they are very territorial.
Feeding requirements are minimal as a chick/hen will consume 20-25grms daily, and feed may include sunflower, corn, millet, linseed and greens.Commercial chicken feeds are also used.
For eggs chicks will mature at 6 weeks, while for meat at 12-14 weeks and With appropriate conditions ie light & warmth chicks will lay daily for about 2 years (an egg a day) peaking at about 50weeks. Warmth of ukambani is ideal plus our long daylight hours, though on dull days light may be supplimented with a light bulb.
To breed, they seat on 6-12 eggs for 12-13days and can fly in 2 weeks with average 10 surviving.

Why are quail eggs pricier?
– They have a higher yolk to white ratio making them tastier than chicken eggs with a more gummy feel when chewing.
– they’re being used by HIV patients because they have celenium that helps protect cells from damage.
– cancer patients are also said to be using them during chemotherapy to reduce effects of chemotherapy sessions on body thus allowing them continue daily life immediately after chemo sessions.
– the eggs have 5.5% of daily value of ‘Reboflavin’/vitamin B2 required by human bodies daily. This is used to treat cervical cancer, acne, muscle crumps, blood disorders, fatigue, cataracts and glaucoma.
Fertilized eggs for starting stocks are ranging 80/= to 450/= depending on availability
A breeder license form can be acquired from http://www.kws.org/export/sites/kws/misc/downloads/Quail-bird_application_form.pdf

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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