Saturday 3/26/16 I purchased my first quails. They are the Coturnix in several colors. 6 are 3 weeks and the guy tossed in a 2 week to make it an even $20. I've never been around Quail, but they are so cute. Giving up my ducks because they are real messy and stinky even tho I empty their kid pool every other day. I have 7 Chickens and DH is tired of spending $20 a week in food so he can give everyone at work eggs. I can't give away enough. My freezer is full too. Thus, the quail. I plan on downsizing to all but 2 chickens.
I have my little ones in a cage for a guinea pig, just the plastic bottom and wire top. Just until they are bigger. Tried newspaper, that was nasty. So then I put in a puppy pad, aka people bed pad. That didn't work. they spilled water and walked in poo...........
So I found this and though... this sounds good. So went outside and picked some mint leaves and sage leaves, a bit of wild grass since we don't have a lawn at all, some potting soil from my mint plants..... then walked by the burn pile and picked up a handful, well it had rocks, so I picked up some chard bits and crumbled it into a powder in my bucket, Then on out to the coop where I filled it with Pine shavings from the bag out there and gathered the eggs.
Put the eggs up, took out the feeder and water out of the little cage and dumped the bucket in a big heap. Took the dirty dishes over to the sink and washed them all out. Went back to spread out the stuff and it was already all spread out and happy quail bathing and scratching.... just having a gay 'ol time...... I used to have 2 little White Quail...... I now have a white 1 and a very very GREY one.
I put the food tray on the floor, but put the water tray on an overturned cereal bowl.
Any suggestions would be helpful.