Hi everyone! My name is Jonathan and I am new to hatching and raising chicks. My job as an aviculturist at a zoo/park is slighly different than just raising babies as most are wild. But my manager throws button quail eggs away, and I never had the heart to follow suit.....so I took several home. After 17 days, 4 eggs pipped and 3 have hatched so far. Here are some photos: So I am posting here with a few questions. I have been researching and reading that these little guys need lots of protein as babies. I hard boiled an egg, whipped it, and put a little in the brood box (as seen under the light). I have sprinkled crushed/powdered finch food all around the brooder, and in the tray. I have seen one chick drink water, but I have seen none eating! I am a little worried they won't eat and starve to death :/ Also, are chicks supposed to be pretty quiet or always chirping?