As you may know from my previous blogs I've been keeping garden chickens for years and feel that they are a vital part of my garden's life cycle. So why move onto quail? Aren't their eggs tiny? Don't they need lots of space? Aren't they really nervous?
Quail live life in the fast lane and reach sexual maturity within as little as 8 weeks (sometimes less) This means that they are fully grown and that females will start laying! To put that into perspective chickens typically start laying after around 5 months and ducks after 6-7 months- by then you have to factor in that you will be loosing daylight and they probably won't really start laying properly until the following spring...
If you provide artificial light for your quail they will continue to lay all year around and each bird will lay around 230 eggs or so a year.
You do need around 3-4 quail eggs to make up the size of a chicken egg but they are delicious within their own right . Quail eggs are proven to be a very valuable source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12 and vitamin D, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus and other essential micro-nutrients, minerals and amino acids, which is why they are recommended for regular consumption.