About The Author
I am retired and my wife and I have 2 adult children. I worked in the printing industry for 36 years, for the same company, until they went out of business. That is how I learned to assemble pages on a computer, which helped in building this website.
I became interested in raising quail in 1984 and had to stop in 2008 due to personal health issues. I'm what many people would call a perfectionist, due to this fact, I make every problem a quest to find the answer.
Coming from a family that loved to hunt and fish. I came into my first contact with quail while rabbit hunting. Walking through the dense brush cover trying to get a rabbit out, I jumped up a covey of bobwhite. Needless to say I about dirtied my pants, however, I found it quite interesting how they only flew about 30 yards or so and landed. I was ready this time, to scare them up again, but I never did find them.
Where I was raised there was a lot of brush covered ground and we could here the bobwhite call, all the time. I loved listening to them.
I was reading some kind of hunting and game magazine when I came across an ad to purchase an incubator along with 30 quail eggs, I cut out the ad and kept it on my dresser just to consider the thought.
After thinking about it a couple days and thinking about the way I was raised. The getting up early to feed a calf that had been just taken away from it's mother and didn't know how to eat on it's own and taking care of chickens.
I thought this is something every kid should experience. It teaches responsibility and could also be fun. My kids were old enough to help and take some responsibility. So I figured, we had an old rabbit coop to keep the quail, once the eggs hatched, lets give it a shot.
We first started raising quail as a hobby, after having raised chickens while growing up. I really didn't give much thought or preparation into this new venture. Because of not thinking quail would be any different than raising chickens, we ran into many problems.
Due to all these problems, I began to keep a journal of each snag we hit and the way the difficulties were fixed. You name what could go wrong in the area of raising quail, we had to deal with it. Hatch rates, overcrowding, picking, fighting, brooding and disease etc. Some of these things, were fixed by trial and error, which is definitely not the way to raise quail. I had to much pride, to admit that I had no idea what or how to do it, so we continued making mistakes.
The journal started filling up quickly, mostly with things that didn't work. It was very hard to come up with information on raising quail when we started out. Then one day, I caught a lucky break, when hearing about a quail breeder. We purchased a few quail from him and would talk about certain problems that we had, which this gentleman was happy to give us different things to try in order to straighten the problems out.
Slowly but surely our numbers began to improve and answers to the problems we had were starting to go in the journal. It reached the point of feeling comfortable talking to this breeder whenever a problem arose. Now my journal started to become sort of like a bible to us, of how to raise quail.
Of course it didn't have every answer in it and never could, because with quail, something new can happen at anytime. However, the information it contained, was more than enough to do a very good job at raising quail.
Once we did reach the point of knowing what we were doing, and the quail were producing on a regular basis. It became a joy to all of us, just to watch and listen to the quail.
We started getting a lot more eggs than we wanted to hatch so we tried hard boiling them to see what they would taste like. They really weren't bad at all. So I started taking a bag or two to family outings and work, just to get rid of them. They were such a hit that people started asking me where they could get some.
They ended up taking them to different events that they went to because the eggs being so small and quite unique. This created a nice little snowball effect and I started to make a little side income just from selling eggs to eat.
So that pretty much explains how we got started in the quail business.
Gary L. Ortlieb
Below are a couple of awards I received in 2010 for articles that I wrote on raising quail that were published on Ezine Articles Site. I am some what proud of these, especially the platinum one.