I would like to start growing quail where can I buy fertile eggs to incubate?

I wish I had a dollar for every time I've been asked this question but here's the answer for free!

Quail lay differently to chickens here's how to collect their eggs safely.

Want to know about quail egg laying and management? Then, read this eggcellent article. 

quail coturnix japanese sitting on eggs

A simple guide to breeding Japanese or coturnix quail in the backyard.

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  Mark Valencia — Thank you! Good luck with finding a quail breed that hatch out their own eggs as this quality was lost about 6000 years ago when the ancient Egyptians started keeping them. Cheers ...
  Malik Shahzad — Thanks for sharing your ideas, mostly Egg Laying : To keep quails laying all year round they’ll need about 16 hours + of light per day, i like your idea, but i am looking quail breed that hatched her eggs herself....
  Mark Valencia — Hi Tara and thanks for sharing your thoughts about breeding quail. Best of luck with your Kings and Japs before you realise you'll have dozens running around! LOL ...

This article shows how two ladies from the city can breed normal sized quail into Jumbo in just 12 months!

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  Mark Valencia — No worries Barry - thanks for commenting!...
  barry moore — interested in the colossal quails and will be watching closely cheers...

Roasted quail grow them in backyard

Want to know more about this secret wonder food, which has more vitamins than chicken and more iron than beef?

Coturnix Quail A&M eating from feeder

Growing your own quail is suprisingly easy and here's 10 steps to prove it! You'll be eating "in" at your own French restaurant in no time...

Quail/Chicken Run

A good quail/chicken run can become a handy semi or fully permanent tool for keeping your birds away from danger or just away from parts of the property you'd prefer them not to go.

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  David — Nice one. I need two as well because my run has a side exit down to the vege patch! Let us know if you find it cheaper...
  Mark Valencia — Thanks David for bringing the new price to my attention. Funny you should mention it now because I'll be needing another one in the next few days for an extra chicken run I'm building at the moment! Cheers ......
  David — They are at Bunnings but they are not $47 anymore. They are $114 http://www.bunnings.com.au/qiqfix-1200mm-steel-gate-frame_p1090192...

Weber Q 220

Grilling piri piri quail recipe and my reasons for buying a Weber Q 220.

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  Mark Valencia — Thanks for your comment Fhantom Commy. To answer your question about price (which is a good one that I didn't cover in the post) the Weber Group won't discount much on their Weber Qs if at all. I was unable to get a discount myself (I tried)and I went to several stores and checked online - all the p......
  Phanto Commentator — Wel Editor, yous cerainly did yous homework wen lookin fur an otdoors cooker. No wonder you took an agency to sell de WEBBER Q220. aRE YOU ABLE TO QUOTE ME A GOOD PRICE ON ONE IF i DECIDE TO UPGRADE MY CAMP OVEN? Thanks, the Phantom Commentator....

This article is about how I grapple with the psychology of processing my home-grown quail for consumption.

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  Mark Valencia — It's difficult to tell to be honest without seeing some pics and getting more information but the birds should have been on a gamebird starter feed from the beginning so that's the first problem as quail can be particular with their feed when young (or at any time) and as a consequence are prone to ......
  Amy — Hello. I am desperate for information so I'm posting here. I got my first coturnix quail 7 days ago. After the first 24 hours, I have had one die per day. The breeder swears they were healthy and that all of hers and the others she has sold are thriving. I got 22 4 week old birds to start with. I as......
  Mark Valencia — Thank you Demi for sharing your experience with us. This article was written nearly 5 years ago now and I still have reservations killing quail (I guess I never have "gotten used it") but I do accept the process because as you wrote "knowing I am able to do what is necessary" is reassuring indeed. S......

Raising or keeping quail isn't the first thing that comes to mind when one ponders self sufficiency but it's sure worth it.

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  Fran — [i]thank you. That answers all my questions perfectly. Thank you for not laughing at my strange questions...
  Mark Valencia — Hi Fran, yes quail are really good for small spaces that's for sure! Do eggs need to be washed? No, a clean quail egg without any cracks is extremely unlikely to be contaminated. We discard any dirty or cracked eggs. can you either give these to someone like a butcher or is there someone who will d......
  Fran — I've longed for chickens but it's completely impossible here. Quails sound great but I honestly know nothing about eggs. Do eggs need to be washed? I worry about contaminated surfaces. If you are finished with your quail (or hatched some males you don't need) but can't stomach killing and gutting, ......

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