Quail. Wonder birds!

I have been breeding Coturnix quail for a little while now and i seem to have stumbled upon a strain that are particularly productive egg layers. In fact they started laying at just 6 weeks old and have barely stopped since.

So far, in just over a year, the females have only taken three weeks off from laying eggs consistently, (during their moult and the worst of the Winter weather) and they are all now back in lay again and producing more eggs than ever.


I have also noticed that now they are on their second season of laying,  their eggs are so much bigger.

Today I collected two days worth of eggs ( as I forgot to collect them yesterday) and in all I gathered 52 eggs! Impressive.


I have an incubator full of quail eggs too.  So fingers crossed more chicks soon.

I shall be buying in a new male or two this season to bring in fresh blood to this line.


I occasionally have fertile quail eggs for sale, so get in touch if you are interested in buying any.

Quail are flighty birds. Easily flustered and panicked. They require small mesh wire on their run and will not roost or put themselves to bed like hens do. They are also adept at escaping and will fly away if they manage to get out of their house and run.

A good way to keep them is in an aviary, preferably with double doors, an inner and outer one …but they can be kept in a coop.

You just have to be very aware of their ability to escape, especially when entering the run to feed and water them or when cleaning out their housing.

I put all mine in a large rabbit cage whilst I clean out their run. It is time consuming, catching them and transferring them all, one by one, but far easier than chasing a flying quail around my garden with a net!  I should know, I have done both! 🙂


Simple pleasures.

Today has been a proper spring day. A day of sunshine and birdsong.  It has been wonderful to be able to work outside all day.

In the last few days I have planted willow for arches, sown seeds, spread compost, weeded veg beds, got out of bed and checked on the goats each night at 1 am and 4:30 am, fed and watered and cleaned out hens, quail, duck and geese.  Fed and hayed and watered ponies and cleaned their paddock. Walked dogs,  met up with neighbours and enjoyed the dry sunny days!

There are buds appearing on plants everywhere.  It is time to sow seeds. My greenhouse is filling up. Baby animals are due to be born. Life feels good.

The simple pleasures of spending time out in nature are the best.

Here is to new beginnings.

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Goats in the sunshine. A day before Tansy’s official due date.




Marigold.. such a sweety.


Very fat Tansy


Tag and Peaches snuggle on the sofa


Through the honeysuckle arch


Teasel heads by the river


Looking over the garden boundary


One of my living willow arches. Can’t wait for it to green up!


Tiny woven nest-box..tucked away in some ivy..We had wrens in it last year.


Spring sunshine in the garden. The heather is in bloom!


Garlic ..planted in Autumn last year


Time for a rest


Willow arch by the gate


Shadows across the garden


Holly-Hot- Pants after a dunk in the water


Marigold rests and chews the cud


Marigold deals with an itch


Pregnant Tansy


The river and our tiny jetty


View out of one of the side gates


Robin nest box in the honeysuckle


Nest-boxes of all shapes and sizes ..everywhere!


One of our three bat boxes


Hens in their winter shed whilst the land is rested


Over wintered leeks