Thanks to a donation from Doug, I'm not so keen on quail meat...and besides, the missus won't eat it.
However, by coincidence I came upon the fact that pigeon is one of the most popular meats in Cairo. So I got thinking and Googling.
Those quail wranglers out there may be able to offer us a ruling vs a vs . Key point I think is this:
- A 500 g squab is produced from 3 kg of feed, giving a feed conversion ratio (FCR) of 6:1.
Aside from the economics, how about that: 500 grams!
Just so you aren't put off by the language:pigeon meat is called squab. Sydney prices suggest that a dressed squab (350-500gm) will cost you $23-28 each.
As for the wherewithal:
- Raising Pigeons for Meat [What you need to know]
- Squab raising
- Pigeon Keeping for Beginners: What You Need To Know
- Pigeon Farming Business Starting Guide For Beginners
As for why...
- Pigeons get domisticated quicker than other types of livestock, which means anyone can raise them.
- You can raise pigeons almost anywhere. They can be raised in your backyard and even roof top of your house.
- When they are six months of age they can start to produce at least two baby pigeons per month on average.
- The baby pigeons take about 18 days to hatch out of the egg and be suitable of eating after 3 to 4 weeks.
- You don't need to spend lots of money in building a pigeon house and they don't need lots of space.
- The cost of pigeon food is very low, and also pigeons turn to search for food on their own, which will save you a lot.
- It's meat is very tasty with lots of nutrients. As a result it has a great demand on the market, a nice income opportunity.
- They are very resistant to diseases as a result they don't get ill easily.
- Their feathers can be use in various products such as producing feather toys.
There seems some good logic in play here. Pigeons also seem to fly under local council regulatory radar in a way that chickens and ducks do not.
So I'm asking our quail peoples to make a ruling.