Coturnix Quail

Emerging From the Shell

Two-and-a-half-weeks ago we received a shipment of 250 Coturnix Quail Eggs. We placed them in the incubator. Over the weekend they began to hatch. The 75% hatch rate was good, and since they hatched, we have lost only one hatchling. We use these for our puppy test and sometimes for other training situations. We also plan to eat their eggs. One quail egg contains six times more vitamin B1 and 15 times more vitamin B2 than a chicken egg. Quail eggs contain iron, folate, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, riboflavin, and selenium, as well. Quail eggs are the only dietetic eggs in the world, after all.


Coturnix and Puppy

The Coturnix Quail makes a great bird introduction for a young pup.


They have superior protein quality such that the protein in the egg white contains Ovo mucoid. This Ovo mucoid is an enzyme and is known as a proteinase inhibitor, or better suited as a protein component, that is responsible for egg allergies. If you are looking for more holistic ways to fight infection or disease, the quail egg is a good choice.

Among some of the more interesting egg facts, quail eggs have been used for therapeutic properties for many centuries. The early Egyptians and even the Chinese civilizations used this remarkable little egg to treat many health problems.

Because quail eggs are easily obtainable, you can assist your own health with a couple of quail eggs. How do you eat them? Boiled, raw, pickled? There are many ways to cook quail eggs, but if you want to promote your health, the best way to consume the quail eggs is raw. Make sure you wash them first in boiling water. Unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs do not contain Salmonella due to an increased amount of lysozyme. Lysozyme kills harmful bacteria. The body temperature of quail is also higher than that of chickens, another reason why they don’t contain harmful bacteria that would make you sick. Consuming raw quail eggs with warm water helps your stomach not ache, however, you can have your eggs in protein shakes or with juices. Therefore, even though we will use the quail for training, they also have health benefits. Beyond us eating them, we can serve them to the Weims–especially the pregnant girls.

We also have 100 Bob White Eggs in the incubator. We move them to the hatching tray on Thursday. It should be fun to discover what kind hatch we get with them as well. The Bob White eggs are white if you wondered.

Note: excerpts about the Coturnix Quail were borrowed from ‘Countryside Daily.’

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Posted on May 15, 2017, in Information and Education. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I want quail!! Do you hatch them every year? do you eat them when they don’t lay anymore? What kind of training does Cliff do? Haze catches birds in the yard sometimes, she is so fast and her genetics and instinct are so evident. Skye also will point but she prefers the ball!!

  2. Quail are easy. This is only the second time we have hatched Coturnix Quail. Well, other than the first time around we did hatch a lot of the eggs we got from our hatchlings. They start laying in about three weeks.

    He has used them some with the adults using his bird launchers. The previous quail (about three springs ago I think) didn’t fly well. Cliff now has a flight pen and hopes he can get the birds to fly better. We like to use them for the puppies because they are less scary.

    We have not eaten them but like a dove, it would take a lot to make a meal. I am sure we will eat them and we will use their eggs too.

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