Watching this was something really special – sit back and enjoy.
And this is what little chicks look like after a couple of days (do not confuse with the standing blonde mop chicken on the left and that old rooster on the right)
And now a week has passed – their growth rate is remarkable. Click for close ups.
After a full 2 weeks they are developing feathers and looking like small adults.
Deciding on what to eat? Sorry guys, only one thing on the menu today…
After 4 weeks it is all there – time now to fatten them up and keep them happy.
After six weeks the hens start laying eggs, the males are ready to breed, and both are ready for the table.
These are a remarkable little bird; easy to keep and feed. They are naturally robust and rarely get sick.
One thing to be mindful of however for the city folk… you might experience grief from the family if you get them involved in raising them to the point that you want to eat them.
That was my experience anyway – now my little quail are for a good source of eggs and making fertilizer. But not for lunch. Or dinner.
- My Countnix Quail Article in City Permaculture 2! (groundtoground.org)
- Friday on the MILLER FARM – A Day in the life of a Chicken Wrangler (judythewriter.wordpress.com)
- California Quail (athreemileradius.wordpress.com)