First quail hatch, Got to no a few things to do.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by digger455, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. digger455

    digger455 Out Of The Brooder

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    OK I got a dozen quail eggs a couple weeks ago, I have hatched chickens before but never quail. I have a little giant bator, they have been in with turner, I transfered them to a different bater on about day 13. Put them on a nonslip thing and it is about day 17 now. ok I fogot to take plugs out. Can i do it now or will they shrink wrap them, On the last chicken hatch I just left them in and it was best hatch so far. Anything else I need to no. Like when to start feeding them and water. Help if you can PLEASE. I think onr is starting to peep. Thanks for any help I can get. Like I said new at quail
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Take all plugs out so that fresh air circulates in the incubator. Hatching chicks need a ton of air. Leaving the vents closed is a no no at hatch time. Once they have dried off in the incubator, transfer them to the brooder. Start the temp out at 95 degrees and lower it 5 degrees each week till they are 6 weeks old. If you do not have a small chick waterer, in a standard 1 quart waterer, put marbles or small stones in the water so the chicks don't drown. You can also use a jelly jar lid with stones in it as well. Feed them gamebird or a turkey starter feed, something with 24% to 28% protein. When you transfer the chicks to the brooder, dip their beaks in the water so they know where it is. Put down paper towels on the brooder floor for 3 or so days, and sprinkle food on the floor around the feeder area so they know where the food is. Quail chicks need to eat and drink right away after hatch.
     
  3. digger455

    digger455 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just seen the first one hatch, looks like he is doing great, no problem getting out. Looks like the feet are all in a ball, But it just came out 10min ago.So I will wait until it is dry and then feed and water it. Sounds like they are allot like chickens when they fist hatch. Thanks
     

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