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Hi everyone here at APHQ! What an awesome site! My names Shannon and I'm a Nurse from Adelaide. I live with my housemate on a little block of land and we have turned it into a zoo of animals. We keep quinea pigs, finches, budgies, diamond doves, cockatiels, stick insects, silkworms, goldfish (and other coldwater fish) king quails, Jap quails, bobwhite quail, muscovy ducks, 30 odd chickens a rooster and 5 cats. Our initial aim was to breed and sell the babies of our adults to make some spare income while I was studying (we even planned to open a petshop, however this looks to be a long term goal). Currently we sell the babies from our "breeders" to local petstores/fodder stores and at the local monthly auction or privately. We also have a massive vege garden and we grow with the seasons, selling excess veges on the road side and to friends at work etc. We've found that some things sell better than others, like our beautiful free range eggs! Currently we are into the Jap quails in a big way! What had originally started as a gift of 2 dozen fertile Japanese quail eggs for Christmas from my housemate has turned into 4 incubators running (constantly hatching eggs) We kept 7 females that hatched (by mistake as we had originally planned to keep all females, however we sold females thinking they were males as we had our sexing method a little mixed up!) So anyways we started with the 7 hens we had left and ordered different eggs from interstate. After 6 weeks growing we had 14 hens from the 36 eggs we ordered. Great! our next step was to source some males from another dealer so we went to our local fodder store and purchased another 9 females and 6 males from a different fodder store. This gave us a total of 30 hens and 6 roos. On average this gave us 30 eggs a day or 210 eggs a week. We set eggs every Friday (sometimes Saturday) and have a continual line of Quail chicks from day old- 7 weeks. We keep all Females (this is for another side project) and sell our excess males every month at Auction. We also eat a few ourselves along with veges from the garden and have a whole meal completely home grown. We sell fertile eggs, trios and quartets online to help cover feed occasionally. But as they don't eat a lot the money we get from the males at auction usually covers the feed for the next month until we are able to sell the next batch of excess males. At current we have a lot of females so our feed bill is going a little higher but we hope to start selling quail eggs at a local farmers market when laying is in full swing, probably around Spring. As the days are getting shorter our girls are slowing down their laying. We're in the process of adding mini solar garden lamps in the pens and seeing if this will create enough artificial light to prolong the laying season throughout Autumn and Winter. I will keep you all posted! If anyone has any questions, ideas, hints, experience etc please feel free to contact me! Cheers! Shannon