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Start Quail farming business at low coast, less space

Rukmani got success, know everything about it


Quail farming may not be as popular as animal husbandry and poultry, but it is also a profitable business. The cost of quail farming is very less, not only this, they also become worth selling quickly. Both its meat and eggs can be sold. Its meat is more in demand than chicken, as it is more nutritious. Quail hunting is prohibited under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, but quail can be reared with a license from the government.

What is quail farming? 

Quail is a kind of wild bird, which is reared for meat and eggs, but very few people keep it and their number is also decreasing day by day. However, in the last few years, the demand for its delicious meat has increased, due to which there is good potential in this business. Japanese quail is commonly called quail. There are many types, especially on the basis of plumage, they can be divided into different varieties, such as pharaohs, English whites, tuxedos, British rays and Manchurian goldens. Japanese quail is very helpful in increasing the income of farmers, because it is prepared faster than chicken and does not require special care. Rukmani Bai, 34, of Chhattisgarh is also earning extra from quail farming along with farming.

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Features of Japanese quail 

  • The female quail starts laying eggs at the age of 45 days and reaches full production by 60 days.
  • Quails become mature quickly, female quails start laying eggs in 6 to 7 weeks and quails are of marketable age only after 5 weeks.
  • A female quail can lay an average of 280 eggs annually.
  • To keep them, less space is needed than hen. 8-10 quails can be kept in place of one hen, as they are smaller and eat less feed.
  • Their weight increases rapidly, due to which the meat is prepared quickly.
  • Quail egg and meat are very nutritious.
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Quail farming with farming 

Rukmani Bai, a resident of Kona village in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, has 3.5 acres of cultivable land. Out of this, she irrigates 2 acres with tube well. Apart from farming, she is also doing quail farming for additional income.

Rukmani attended a week-long training program organized from January 11 to 16, 2021, under the Skill Training of Rural Youth (STRY). It was during this time that she got information and training related to quail farming. The STRY program is organized by the National Agricultural Extension Management Institute (MANAGE), Hyderabad in collaboration with SAMETIs.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bhalesar had organized this skill based training program in collaboration with Chhattisgarh Summit. In this training program, rural youth were given information about scientific method of poultry farming, quail farming, hatchery machines for commercial farming, and proper management and vaccination to reduce mortality. During the training, the youth were also explained the importance of establishing contact with the market to increase their income.

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Hard earned success 

Rukmani achieved success in quail rearing business with her hard work and dedication and now she is earning 45 thousand rupees annually. She also got the support of family and friends in this work. Along with this, many government organizations also helped him. You can also adopt quail farming as a business by obtaining a license from the government.

If anyone wants to start quail farming or wants any technical information, he can contact at Central Bird Research Institute, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. Quail chicks can also be purchased by the institute. For more details you can contact on 0581-2303223, 0581-2300204.

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