Broody Quail and raising chicks - (baby pics! )

Discussion in 'Quail' started by vigibigi, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. vigibigi

    vigibigi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    So we have two quail hens, one japanese the other italian-ish, both sitting on nests. Having read about how unheard of broody quail are, we thought it slightly rediculous at first, but now, 16 days in, were expecting that we might see some chicks fairly soon! When I last tried to count, one was sitting on 7 eggs, the other on about 12.

    The quail are outdoors at the moment, we've not disturbed the nests at all in hope that the hens would stay broody. Now that day 17 is approaching we were wondering what advice anyone might have for looking after these babies.

    WIll the mothers do much work themeslves? We intend to bring them inside with a heat lamp etc, is it important that this happens immediately after they hatch, or will the chicks be okay with their mothers if they hatch outside in the middle of the night?
    We're still unsure of what sort of success rate to expect , but if anybody does hatch, we want to give them the best chance of survival!

    Thanks a lot!
     
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  2. Livi

    Livi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no personal experience, but since the brooding instinct is so low in cutornix I would maybe bother to get up once or twice in the night just to check ;) Keep us updated then. I really hope that I could get a broody quail too!


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  3. GrandmaBird

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  4. Livi

    Livi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any chicks yet? :)


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  5. vigibigi

    vigibigi Out Of The Brooder

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    No, no babies yet! It's hard to know which day we're on, but if they don't come this weekend I don't imagine they will at all :( Thanks GrandmaBird, got some kind of makeshift brooder ready just in case :) fingers crossed.....
     
  6. Livi

    Livi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crossing my fingers with you, hope they hatch!
     
  7. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I HAVE HAD ONE THAT HATCHED OFF 7, BUT SHE DID NOT TAKE CARE OF THEM.
     
  8. vigibigi

    vigibigi Out Of The Brooder

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    3 chicks this morning!!! very beautiful, ill put up a pic soon. were still expectin some more i think, and the mothers being very good and protective, showing them how to eat and drink and everything. :D
     
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  9. Livi

    Livi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome, I cant wait to see pics! :D Gongrats!


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  10. vigibigi

    vigibigi Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are our babies!! Only three have hatched from this first nest! 2 little cinnamon ones and a yellow it seems [​IMG] In fact four hatched, but we found the fourth little one dead in the nest :( Anyway these three are very healthy and happy, the mama's being fantastic. They all live under her wing - sometimes she walks around with them up there. Very sweet.
     
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