I have lots of wild guinea fowl running around my suburban area.
Are guinea fowl laud like peafowl? Peafowl make a heck of a cry that would get on my nerves if they lived near my house.
Emerson White wrote:On a perpound basis Chicken feed is much richer than cow feed. Additionally Chickens reproduce in a manner that lets you keep fewer animals for breeding stock.
If you measure calories of food in per calorie of food product out a cow lays on meat much much better than a chicken.
Conversion ratios for livestock
Animals that have a low FCR are considered efficient users of feed.
John Polk wrote:For anybody interested in starting raising quail, this e-book might be worth the investment:
I haven't read it, but considering the costs of building a healthy flock, I would probably buy the book before I ordered eggs or chicks.
From my investigations of chickens vs quail, I see NO economical advantage for quail for a home flock. If you have a market for either (quail) eggs or meat birds, there is a tremendous potential for profit with quail. Without a market, it is merely an expensive hobby.
For comparative purposes, 1 chicken egg = 4 quail eggs. Go from there when calculating start up costs, and cost per dozen, etc. Quail may produce more eggs per pound of feed, but 4x? Do your own research/math before making the switch...not everybody wants to buy quail eggs...most people do eat chicken eggs. What is the market in your region?
Skandi Rogers wrote:
Eggs, it takes 5 quail eggs to equal one chicken so I need 5-6 times the number of birds. (a production chicken lays around 320 eggs per year quite a bit more than the 200 expected from a quail) I also need to crack 5x the eggs every time I make a recipe I also need to pick up 5x the eggs and wash 5x the eggs. that production chicken will lay well for 1 year after coming into lay while a quail starts to slow down at 7 months, so yes a quail starts 14 weeks before the chicken but it also slows down 5 months before the chicken, meaning I need to raise more more often (or buy them)
Size, quail are TINY they are hardly a mouthful so if I wanted to eat them I need to kill, gut, pluck 10 meat quails for every meat chicken (160g vs 1.6kg) it's not going to be much faster if at all to kill and clean a quail than a chicken.