One has hatched and several pips. I have read some info on the web and heard they are harder to get started on feed. Any tips?
Mountain Quail Hatching!
I currently have over 200 Mountain Quail chicks that will be available for sale in the fall. I have been lucky enough to have many of my Mountains hatch together so it seems as though they teach each other how to eat. On small hatches, I have had occasional success simply pecking my index finger on the feed like a beak and have had the chicks watch and start mimicking the motion next to me. If all else fails, placing some button or coturnix in with them can help get the Mountains started feeding. Hope this helps.
My problem in the past has not been keeping the chicks alive. The problem has been getting my breeders to be consistent in laying fertile eggs and sometimes just laying at all. This has been a good year. If I get them past the first couple of weeks, I usualy get them to a normal adult life.