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Potential good deal on quail eggs but I have questions regarding their source

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 21, 2012 at 6:15 AM

I have been hunting around on craigslist for a good deal on eggs. I posted recently about bf and I going completely away from the grocery store. We will be getting all our food from the farmers market or local farmers. I found an ad that had a great price 5$ for 50 eggs! They sell them for 2$ for 8 at the local asian market. I contacted the person and he said the following (responding to my question about if they were free range)

"Hi,

The eggs come from Jumbo Coturnix, Tuxedo, Texas A&M and Golden speckeled Quail. All of my birds are fed Layena bird food. They are not free range but do have plenty of room to live. "

I would also need to travel for an hour total to get them via public transit. What do you think? It would add some variety in nutrition, seems like a great deal (with farmers market chicken eggs averaging 7$ a dozen).

Does this sound like someones pets? Any thoughts? Im tempted to do it twice a month or something..

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 21, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Yeah if it is soy based I would avoid it. It is hard to avoid some crap, but I think eggs are something that we can find high quality at pretty decent prices in a lot of stores, just has to be chicken eggs.

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 21, 2012
at 10:08 AM

quail eggs are MUCH smaller than chicken eggs. photo for comparison http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb300/20100605/Quail-Egg-Chicken-Egg-1558366.jpg

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on January 21, 2012
at 08:11 AM

It sounds like you are getting whole sale pricing... 83 cents a dozen is really cheap... It is not likely someones pets... Pastured eggs though expensive are a bargain... If you buy 6 pastured eggs a day (3 per person) at $7.00 / dozen you are at $106 / month. Which is $53.00 /person/month... 3 pastured eggs beats 4 normal eggs any day.... It is sometimes possible to find pastured eggs for less if you search really hard...

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 21, 2012
at 06:57 AM

I googled it and it seems to be your standard bird food. *sighs* definitely a strike against the idea. The whole point of 100% farmers market and pastured grass fad ranch meat is to avoid the industrial crap. I just wish I knew more about animal husbandry in general I have no idea if this is the standard food or cheap stuff.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 21, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I agree. But at 4-8 a dozen and 5 dozen a week??? yikes!! We would be still eating the majority of our eggs from pastured chicken.. but these to fill in the cracks?

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 21, 2012
at 06:47 AM

If you can get pastured eggs from chickens that live outside and eat grass and bugs it is worth the $4-8 dollars a dozen...

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on January 21, 2012
at 08:11 AM

It sounds like you are getting whole sale pricing... 83 cents a dozen is really cheap... It is not likely someones pets... Pastured eggs though expensive are a bargain... If you buy 6 pastured eggs a day (3 per person) at $7.00 / dozen you are at $106 / month. Which is $53.00 /person/month... 3 pastured eggs beats 4 normal eggs any day.... It is sometimes possible to find pastured eggs for less if you search really hard...

F15e0bae42dbf0b8cfc71e62902497b4

(2036)

on January 21, 2012
at 10:08 AM

quail eggs are MUCH smaller than chicken eggs. photo for comparison http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb300/20100605/Quail-Egg-Chicken-Egg-1558366.jpg

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 21, 2012
at 06:55 AM

I agree. But at 4-8 a dozen and 5 dozen a week??? yikes!! We would be still eating the majority of our eggs from pastured chicken.. but these to fill in the cracks?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 24, 2012
at 02:39 PM

Given the fact that they are so far away, so small in size, and questionable re: the feed used to raise them I would skip the lengthy trip and use more local free range chicken eggs instead.

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on January 21, 2012
at 09:30 AM

Might not be all that bad considering the time of year, most places where quail reside natually--I can see them outside my window during the day--they can't be eating much in the way of insect forage and have to be subsisting on seeds and such. Probably not much different than commercial feed. Given the price it may not be a bad deal at all. But obviously free range chickens might be a better--read healthier--option, although I doubt that even they can reasonably obtain enough nutrients to produce eggs this time of year without some kind of augmentation in the form of commercial feed.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 21, 2012
at 06:48 AM

I would go there and check out the premises - if it is not allowed, I would probably steer clear. A two hour round trip could be a pain but it could also be a positive investigation, and the price sounds amazing. I would also research the feed of the birds.

C836b2644e7319bb957fbb794a97708e

on January 21, 2012
at 06:57 AM

I googled it and it seems to be your standard bird food. *sighs* definitely a strike against the idea. The whole point of 100% farmers market and pastured grass fad ranch meat is to avoid the industrial crap. I just wish I knew more about animal husbandry in general I have no idea if this is the standard food or cheap stuff.

363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on January 21, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Yeah if it is soy based I would avoid it. It is hard to avoid some crap, but I think eggs are something that we can find high quality at pretty decent prices in a lot of stores, just has to be chicken eggs.

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