In the Brooder
- May 20, 2015
A few days ago we found a lost little quail chick outside our front door without any family in site. We left it alone for hours hoping that it's mama would come back and get it, but at the end of the day when mama bird hadn't showed up and the chick was still in the entry way of the house we decided to try to save it. Its very young I think, almost exactly the size of a cotton ball laying down, and were pretty sure it's a gambel after comparing pictures online of different quail babies. We've been keeping it in a cardboard box with a heating pad under the box until we can find a heating lamp and a better set up, which seems to be working well enough for now. We went to the local feed store and got "farmer's helper ultrakibble for chicks" and we grind it up and add warm water until it's pastey and the chick eats it pretty well from a spoon or our hands. We tried small live mealworms and she went for it but I think she's still too small to get through the shell. She drinks water when it's offered, and does a lot of sleeping when we put her in the box and a lot of running and hopping when we put her on the floor. Please tell me what we need to change or add to our care for our chicky, we want a big strong adult quail!