Guess when the quail farming industry begun in Australia… 1970! The largest producer of quails in Australia, Game Farm, started their business in 1975. And if you think Kenya is producing a large number of quails, you need to hear this; Game Farm produces about 3.55 million birds annually. I know you don’t wanna make that calculation so let me help you; it’s an average of 296,000 birds per month or 9,900 birds per day!
That is just about Australia, and mark you, the Game Farm only produces birds for slaughter. So when people talk of quail farming in Kenya being a pyramid scheme, it clearly shows they do not understand what potential the industry carries. Should you compare the number of quails that Kenyans produce per year with what comes from countries that started the business a few years back, it is a real mockery to the potential of our fertile country.
The most commonly bred species of quails in Australia’s commercial enterprises is Corturnix Corturnix japonica; that is what we commonly call the Japanese Quails here in Kenya and that is exactly what you will also find in most quail farms in Kenya. This species produces an average of 280 eggs per hen annually and if a male to female ratio of 1:3 is observed, the hatchability is over 70%. Margaret, a farmer in Ruiru actually says that if you maintain cleanliness and handle the incubator well, the hatchability is 90%.
Quails mature at week 6. A mature Japanese quail weighs 160g and takes no more than 30g of feeds daily. You can imagine what a chick takes then. Let’s be realistic; quail farming in Kenya is the in-thing and not a pyramid scheme by any chance. Go right into it fearlessly and scale the heights to as high as you can possibly get. The largest producer of quails in Kenya that I have seen so far has about 10,000 birds. You can be better than that, can’t you?
I wish you the very best as you start your way into the millionaire’s club and may the small birds help you fly high.