Farmers abandon chicken farming for the more lucrative quails

Quails being reared at a farm belonging to Ms Elizabeth Nyambura in Nakuru Town. More people are now abandoning chicken farming for quails due to their quick and favourable financial returns. Quails require a relatively smaller space for rearing as opposed to chicken. At seven weeks female quails start laying eggs and continue up to the time they are 22 weeks old. PHOTO/FILE

What you need to know:

  • Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Nakuru District Warden Mr Jacob Orlale says 105 people were issued with licenses in October alone.
  • KWS Nakuru office has so far received over 100 applications in November alone which are still under review.
  • A one-day old quail chick goes for between Sh200-Sh300.
  • “The quails are cheaper to rear than chicken yet the returns are higher,” says Ms Joyce Chepkoech.

The number of people applying for licenses to rear quails in Nakuru has been rising sharply in the last few months.

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