Books, Tips, Links, References, & Other Helpful Information
Helpful Bird Tips & Learning Materials
This is the landing spot for educational material from public sources and purchased content.
One of the best sources of information for the beginner is found in books. The following is a list of bird books that we found useful. They are listed in a descending order of value from our perspective.
Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks by Gail Damerow, ISBN 978-1-61212-014-0 This book is narrowly focused on raising poultry from egg to age of integration into the flock. It covers all concerns a breeder might have, including selecting which eggs to hatch, hatcher and brooder selection and operation, egg development and chick growth details, and tips for dealing with hatching problems.
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry by Glenn Drowns, ISBN 978-1-61212-000-3 This book is another great addition to the poultry raiser's library. It is comprehensive in scope regarding care, housing, feed and life cycle of all types of fowl. While broadly aimed at all species, it does have small sections specifically dedicated to game birds and other less common poultry. It is an excellent source of information on a variety of breeds.
Coturnix Revolution by Alexandra Douglas, ISBN 978-1-48236-063-9 This book is hands-down the best resource available for learning about quail. It covers everything in immense detail, including early history, housing, care, nutrition, health and common ailments, breeding management, egg and chick development, incubation, and genetics. The price is a little steep, but the content is on par with a collage textbook.
Urban Quail-Keeping by Karen J Puddephatt, ISBN 978-1484030028 This book covers the basics of quail keeping for the beginner, especially those with smaller properties. The book was published in the United Kingdom, so spelling and use of some terms reflect that. Despite being a quick read, it is full of explanatory color photographs. Extras include a recipe section and instructions for making apple cider vinegar.
Raising Quail for Meat and Eggs by Brad Davies, a free E-Book. This is a partly an informative how-to work and partly a documentation of one man's process of establishing a thriving food source on a 1/3 acre homestead. A short read, but packed with helpful photographs and valuable information for someone seeking a place to get started in raising quail. Did I mention that it's free?
Another great source of information is people who are in their aviaries every day and get on social media to talk about it. The following is a list of websites that we found useful. They are listed in a descending order of value from our perspective.
The Survival Podcast.com A community that primarily focuses on all types practical advise for when the fecal matter hits the rotary device, or even if it doesn't. Chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, and quail are just a portion of their focus. Of particular value are Jack Spirko's YouTube channel playlists "The Duck Chronicles," "Quail Aviary Construction," and "Permaethos Fodder System." The forum connected to the website is also an invaluable asset, with over 2400 discussions pertaining to birds, there is a vast amount of knowledge available for anyone looking for a basic education or just an answer to a question.
BackYardChickens.comNot to be outdone, this online forum community has a vast number of poultry discussions. Although chickens are the website's main focus, quail are also addressed. There is a section specifically dedicated to quail, with many dedicated and knowledgeable followers. As always, searching for a topic is the best way to locate information. They even have an app in the iTunes store.