Day 15 on my Quail eggs HELP! (Update I have a PIP!!)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by magikchick, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    My eggs should be hatching soon and now I'm getting nervous. I took some of my chick starter food that is 20% protein and ground up some 30% protein cat food in it. Is this fine to start them on? Also the brooder needs to be about 100 degrees?

    I'm fine with chickens but don't want to mess up my first quail.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2009
  2. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    Massachusetts
    You'll do fine [​IMG] I'm going through the same thing with my first round of ducks! [​IMG]

    Usually a game or turkey starter is the recommended food, ground up small. But if you can't get that chick starter ground up with some kitten food would probably be okay. The biggest thing you need to make sure of is that your chick-starter is un-medicated. I start my brooders w/ one area at 95-100* with a cooler area they can migrate too if they get too warm.

    What kind of quail? If they're coturnix, they'll probably start popping on day 17 and keep going for a few days.

    Good luck! [​IMG] & [​IMG]
     
  3. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    Yes they are coturnix. I got the eggs in the January egg swap. I"m working on a pen for them now.

    I don't feed medicated foods so that's not a problem.
     
  4. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Sounds like you'll be all set [​IMG]
     
  5. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    I feed my coturnix Wild Gamebird starter. I agree to look for them about day 17 and give them a few days. Good luck! You'll love your quail!
     
  6. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    I looked for the gamebird starter but haven't been able to find any.[​IMG]
     
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Quote:have you seen any Dumor feeds? If so they have a starter for them that's for chicken chicks, ducks and quail [​IMG] that's what I have to use and I also suppliment to add more protien.


    I also third the 17-18 day to expect the hatch [​IMG] sometimes 16 is too early for some [​IMG]
     
  8. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Mine is made by Purina Mills. If you can find a feed store that carries Purina in the area, they should be able to order it for you. [​IMG]
     
  9. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    On day 17 now and still not a peep out of the eggs. The January eggs swap hasn't produce many good eggs. The cold could have got to them.[​IMG]
     
  10. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    It may have been the cold but give the eggs a few more days. I've had Coturnix pip on days 18 and 19 when my temps were slightly off.
     

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