am a 62 years
old and have been married for 39 years. 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.
interested in raising quail in 1994 and had to stop in 2008 due to
I'm what many people would call a perfectionist, due to this fact, I
make every problem a quest to find the answer.
we first sarted 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 and different
than raising chickens, we ran into many problems.
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 trail and error, having to much pride, to
admit that I had no idea what or how to do it.
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.
but surely our venture began to improve, 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 of how to raise quail.
course it didn't have every answer in it and never could, because with
quail something new can happen at anytime. However, the information
contained in it, was more than enough to do a very good job at raising
quail. This jounal is what led me to writing the ebook.
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 dirtyed my pants.
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.
raised there was a lot of brush covered ground around
we could here their bobwhite call all the time. I loved
some kind of hunting and game magazine when I came across an ad to
purchase fertile quail eggs for rasing, I cut out the ad and kept it on
my dresser just to consider the thought.
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
is something every kid should experience. It teaches responsibility and
could also be fun. My kids were old enough to help and take some
responsiblity. So I figured we had an old rabbit coop and I would just
get an incubator from the breeder that sold the eggs.
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.
getting a lot more eggs than I wanted to hatch so I 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
started asking me where they could get some.
taking them to different events that they went to because the eggs
being so small are quite unique. This created a nice little snowball
effect and I started to make a little side income just from selling
eggs to eat.
much explains how I got started in the quail business.
family and I
are very dedicated to supporting St. Jude's Research Hospital. I
watched this terrible disease take the life out of both of my parents.
All the pain and suffering that they went through. We feel that if we
can help prevent the children from enduring such suffering we will do
what we can. So even if you don't make a purchase from this site please
click on this link: http://www.stjude.org/donate
and help the children.
Gary L. Ortlieb
Below are a couple of awards I
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