We currently have 4 Coturnix Coturnix quail: 2 white and 2 stripey brown. Now that the days are at least 12 hours long they each lay one egg per day, usually.
If you’re used to hens eggs then you might like to know that you need around 4 to 6 quail eggs to match one hen egg.
I commonly scramble the eggs, though occasionally I fry them or hardboil them — they make great snacks.
A neighbour who really enjoys cooking even made wee scotch eggs with some I gave her:
I made little scotch eggs for dinner tonight … boiled the eggs for 2 minutes 45 secs peeled them wrapped them in beef sausage meat.
I tend to believe that the more orange an egg is the ‘better’ it is. I always suspect that pale yolks must be old or stale or from poorly fed birds. What I’ve noticed though is that my 4 girls produce eggs which range in colour from pale to very golden.
That batch above were collected over 2 days. Coturnix quail have no predator sense so they can’t be truly free range, but I have a decent size run on the grassy and weedy ground and feed them layer mash (specifically formulated for quail, not hens) and meal worms, sometimes with leafy greens too. Even though they are all in the same place, eating the same food, still some yolks are very pale while others are very dark. That sent me to Google, and I found this: Does the Color of an Egg Yolk Indicate How Nutritious It Is?
The bottom line, says Marion Nestle, author of What to Eat and professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, is that “the color [of an egg yolk] doesn’t reflect the nutrient value in any significant way.”
I guess my quail just eat different things from what’s available to all, or perhaps their bodies process the food differently. Whatever. I’m glad to hear the nutritional value of an egg isn’t related to the colour of the yolk after all. The darker yolks still look more appealing.