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This was meant to be a quick garden update - but then quail arrived at the Manor!

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 14, 2016 at 20:07

The Guineas are noisy buggers.  I'm loving the quail - although it was a rough road getting to my current position.  One had a cancer, one died, and a girl turned out to be a boy in disguise.  Happy to report that I now get 1 or 2 eggs a day.  At 10, I intend to incubate.  

I can also report the eggs taste really good!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 14, 2016 at 10:00

Friend with small farm beyond Ipswich kept Guineas. Noise would be their big drawback in suburbia with their constant chatter. They stomped on the roof of the stables with military boots (a la possums), laid their eggs in the horse's feed bins. The horses ate around the eggs, leaving the egg on a peak in the middle of the bin. Pity I have no pix, quite a sight.

Beautiful animals for all their quirkiness but best kept on acreage.

Comment by Dave Riley on February 14, 2016 at 9:19

When discussing your quail I mentioned another bird we couldn't was Guinea Fowl.

But given their lifestyle habits, may be they are an acquired taste.

In suburbia I suspect the noise factor is a drawback big is the prospect that they'd be keen escapologists. After living with bantams enacting  'The Great Escape'  the embarrassment of feral poultry in the 'hood is not a good fit for my coolness.

Quail seem a much safer bet.

5 Reasons To Have Guineas

1. Watchdogs. Guineas do a great job at guarding your property, sounding a halting alarm when something unfamiliar approaches. Hawk, hawk, hawk!

2. Nutritious eggs and meat. Unlike chickens, who produce eggs throughout the year, guineas typically lay large a couple of times a year. Don’t let their tiny size get you down (two guinea eggs equals one large chicken egg) The flavor is more delicate. Guinea meat is darker and richer than chicken, with less fat and lower cholesterol, and considered a delicacy in Europe and some trendy American restaurants.

3. Sustainable Living. These low-maintenance birds helpfully protect other farm animals and are free from poultry diseases that are troublesome to most farmers. Their nutrient-rich manure can be composted and used in the garden.

4. Pest Control. Working as a team, guineas will eat any pest they can get their beaks on, but unlike chickens, do so without tearing and scratching up your garden. Since they free-range, they will hunt ticks (or beetles, fleas, grasshoppers, crickets, snakes) all over your property. They are a more natural option to control the insect pest population than pesticides.

5. Entertainment. What great personalities! What beautiful plumage! What strange looking feathers! You can see them in colors ranging from pearl grey to lavender, royal purple and blue. They’re very curious and fun to watch.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 12, 2015 at 20:32

Incubator is now on the list. 

Comment by Stephen Choi on December 12, 2015 at 9:09

Fantastic. I raised quails a couple of years back. I had to build an incubator to hatch the eggs to build up my numbers as the Japanese quails do not sit on their eggs. Totally awesome to see the quails hatch from this tiny little egg then fluff up and get bigger. The eggs were great to eat in salads but you need to be sure that you feed them a high protein non medicated feed so that the medication is not passed through to the eggs. When my produce place changed feeds I stopped raising the quails for eggs. I still have the quail Taj Mahal and my incubator and I might restart again myself in the future.

Comment by Rob Collings on December 11, 2015 at 23:13

As Weird Al once said ... Just eat it!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 10, 2015 at 15:27

At this point it's mostly for breeding to get my numbers up. After that, the odd little rooster might mysteriously vanish into the kitchen. Quail eggs are extremely nutritious as well. I'll get her hubby to help me carry them up to the 3rd floor Lissa!

Comment by Rob Collings on December 10, 2015 at 9:55

Looking great Andy.

Your AP growbed plants have gone mad Andy.

I love your new family addition to the Manor.

And if there's a boy Quail, I can assume you are intending on breeding them, without the eating there'd be lots a Quail at Andy's.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 10, 2015 at 7:11

Know her name; must have missed that one coz I've never eaten a quail egg. I know we had a big flurry of interest a couple of years ago and were going to go to Logan to see a big quail farm but that didn't eventuate.

Comment by Lissa on December 10, 2015 at 5:57

Remember Joanne Elaine? She had us over and served up Quail eggs boiled. They were delicious. She also ate her birds too.

Artichoke looking great Andy. My one attempt with these wasn't all that successful which was sad as I love eating them. I did grow Cardoon ok one year.

Curious how you will get those great wicking beds on to your daughters verandah? Hopefully she lives on the ground floor.

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