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Benefits about quail meat and egg
~Dr. Michael Imchen, Visiting Specialist Consultant Animal Concern, Dimapur~  :  Jun/23/2013 07:52:PM
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Quail meat
Quail meat is a sweet and delicate white game meat with extremely low skin fat and low cholesterol value. Quail meat is rich in micronutrients and a wide range of vitamins including the B complex, folate and vitamin E and K. It is therefore recommended for people with high cholesterol levels and those who want to maintain a low level of cholesterol.
Quail eggs
Quail eggs are very delicious and comparable in taste to free-range chicken eggs. Their nutritional value is 3 – 4 times higher than that of chicken eggs. Quail eggs contain 13% protein while chicken eggs have about 11%. Quail eggs have 140µg of vitamin B1, compared to 50µg in chicken eggs. Quail eggs are much richer in vitamin B2, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus than chicken eggs.
Quail eggs are rich in HDL cholesterol, (the ‘good’ cholesterol), so even senior citizens can eat them. Quail eggs have low cholesterol levels and are rich in choline, a chemical essential for brain function.
Some authors indicate that health benefits of quail eggs include:
•  Arthritis
•  Gastritis
•  Treatment of anaemia
•  Remove toxins and heavy metals from the blood
•  Have strong anti-cancer effects, and may help inhibit cancerous growth
•  Nourish the prostate gland and may help restore sexual potency in men
•  Enhance good memory and brain activity
•  Strengthen the immune system
•  Slow down aging of organs
•  Strengthen heart muscle
•  Recent studies indicate that quail egg yolk rich in cholinesterase, may alleviate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and reduce risk of developing it
•  Strengthen hair and make it shiny
•  Improve skin complexion
•  The eggs are used for facial masks and hair care
If children eat at least two eggs daily, they grow better and are less likely to suffer from infectious diseases.
Quail chicks
Quail chicks are very delicate and are extremely sensitive to cold weather. At temperature of 28 degree centigrade, the chicks do not need further heating.
However, the farmer should observe birds for signs of cold such as clogging together for warmth and then provide some heat immediately.
Quail manure
This is a useful by-product from the quails and it is easily collected from the cages designed to facilitate this. It is good organic manure that has a high nitrogen content and that is easy to apply to the crops.
Other advantages of Quail birds
•    Requires minimum floor space
•    Needs low investment
•    Quails are comparatively sturdy birds
•    Can be marketed at an early age ie. five weeks
•    Early sexual maturity  - starts laying eggs in about six to seven weeks of age
•    High rate of egg laying -280 eggs per year
•    Quail meat is tastier than chicken and has less fat content. It promotes body and brain development in children.
•    Nutritionally, the quail eggs are on par with that of chicken eggs. Moreover, they contain less cholesterol.
•    Quail meat and eggs are a nutritious diet for pregnant and nursing mothers.
Consultancy services for start-up activities towards quail farming
are available at Animal Concern, Near Zinyu Gas Service, Circular Road, Dimapur. Contact : 9436072892 / 03862-2246.

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