If you’ve ever wanted to raise your own eggs but think you don’t have the space, the time, or the right environment, think again! Coturnix quail are a small, productive bird that thrives in close confinement. They are so easy to care for even a small child can manage it, and their needs are so simple they can be raised on a patio or even in the living room.
Three hens will produce the equivalent of a chicken egg (in three adorable, sweetly delicious packages) every day for three seasons out of the year, and require only a minimum of three square feet to thrive (but up to six is better). They are calm (when handled often as chicks), cute, and make a fun conversation starter.
Seven-year-old Eli has kept his own small flock in a rabbit hutch in our backyard for about a year now. In this short video, he shows off one of his hens, explains the basics of identifying gender, and describes essential equipment and care necessary to successfully raise these poultry gems.