EEEE!! Fuzzy bitty quail baby!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by spookyevilone, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    On 12/7, I took the eggs away from Robin's hen and put them in the 'bator. She'd sat for a couple days and then given up. I figured the chicks were due 12/23. The eggs were laid 12/1 - 12/5.

    Last night, I was eaten with the obsession to put those eggs in the hatcher, 8 days early. I fretted about it, thinking I was jumping the gun, but I couldn't let go of the nagging "MUST DO THIS!!" feeling.

    I turned them this morning by hand, before I went to work. I got home from work at 7:40, after an hour and a half car ride home and a stop at the grocery store. I turned the eggs again.

    Not too long after, I heard this high wheezing whistle noise, and started inspecting my birds, thinking it was one of them in some sort of distress. Then the noise stopped. I made dinner, called That Guy, worried about my quail and staring at them trying to figure out which of them was making that noise. As I walked past the 'bator on the way to the fridge, something zoomed across the corner of my vision. I looked down and saw that one of them had hatched! In less than an hour from when I turned them - and there were no pips, motion, or noises at 7:45 - one of them had pipped, zipped, and was on its way to fluffy buttness!

    Pictures attached of my very first successful, if noisy, button quail baby!

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    Sorry for crappy quality - I only have the camera phone right now. My real camera died. Also, the pics are taken through the Hovabator plastic [​IMG]

    EEE! Baby!
    -Spooky

    (ps - why is cr*p a bad word? It keeps changing it to 'crud'?)

    (pps - how do y'all stand it?! Baby sounds so forlorn! I stuck some paper towel strips through the vent hole for it to cuddle under because it kept trying to cuddle the thermosensor.)
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2008
  2. allaboutdemchicks

    allaboutdemchicks Chapel Farms

    Sep 13, 2008
    Jemison, AL
    Well, congratulations on the baby. My it is sooo small. Thanks for sharing pics with us and let us know how the rest do!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    [​IMG] [​IMG] WOOHOO!! Congrat's on your new button!!! They are just do darn cute when they are this little.....and a lote easier to hold to, lol
     
  4. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    Congrats on the baby!


    so do you have your Buttons just for pets??? I read someplace that they aren't "contact" pets but they are extremely easy to keep. Do they make nice noises??

    Thanks,
    Amy
     
  5. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Adorable!! I love baby Buttons!
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If it was laid on the first, it would have been due the 16th, so it was right on time! Baby button quail are so cute! I love thier little cooing sound they make.
     
  7. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    Quote:But it didn't go into the incubator until the 7th. I thought that was the day I had to count from? Cuz if not.. EEEK! [​IMG] All the eggs I got from the swap were laid around that same time!
    -Spooky
     
  8. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    Quote:I have 7, all paired up except one (not including the new hatch). The pairs want nothing to do with me and will generally run and hide if they see me, although Blue is bold and will come over and "talk" to me. Cricket, I got right out of the brooder and handled a lot. He's still a squirrelly little bugger, but he at least won't go into total panic mode when I hold him. If I let him out, he follows me around, but if I try to catch him, he runs a few feet away, looks at me, and waits until I stop.. and then follows me some more. He likes sitting on my chest while I'm reading. Usually he naps, but sometimes he runs back and forth. Generally, he stays where I'm at, though.

    Mine are pets. I'm a vegetarian.. and really, I can't see the bother in trying to process something the size of a mouse. They're cheap to feed, cheap to house, and their poo doesn't stink or accumulate NEARLY as bad as the Coturnix.

    I like 'em [​IMG] They're like having flightless finches. I'm excited to see what colours I get.
    -Spooky
     
  9. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    If your Button hen was broody (which I think you said, right?) then they would have started incubating as soon as she started sitting on them. The ones that were whipped to you would start incubating when you put them in the bator, unless the person who sent them had a broody quail too (which I doubt).
     
  10. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    [​IMG] Hooray for baby quail! Good luck with the rest of the hatch!
     

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