Chickens are great. You give them food scraps and a warm place to sleep and they return you eggs and fertilizer. It’s a pretty sweet deal. But sometimes the gravy egg train stops running, goes off the rails, slips off the tracks – you get the idea.
OH MY WE ARE OUT OF EGGS!
Rather than lay an egg yourself what are you going to do? For those of you that have had backyard chooks for a while, it is really hard going back to the eggs they sell at the supermarket, even if they are from ‘freerange’ chickens. No my friends, time for the ultimate backup plan – turn to a secondary layer.
Quails do more than go into soup
Besides turning up on plates in fancy restaurants, the humble quail is a reliable egg layer in its own right. Sure they are about 15 grams each, but when you have a few of them and they lay almost everyday expect during mid-Autumn to the start of Spring, that is a pretty awesome back-up plan for when the heavy guns are empty.
So for this old rooster, a good meal was made.
What is your secondary source of eggs? And if you don’t what would you have?