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Have quail. Want chickens.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by mamading, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. mamading

    mamading Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone!
    I've been reading all the posts here for a couple of days and decided to join. All of you are so friendly and helpful. Let me give a little back ground here. I apologize ahead of time, for being long winded.
    The end of April my husband brought home over 50 quail eggs that he got from one of his customers (he's an auto mechanic so that was weird). Anyway, I homeschool my children and we thought that would be educational and fun for all of us to set up an incubator and hatch some little babies. Well it takes about 21-23 days before they hatch. I was so excited when I heard peeping in the incubator on Mother's Day morning!! You can see one of them in my picture next to my username. Let me tell you, it was real difficult to focus on what the pastor was saying in church that morning. All I could think about was those new chicks at home (5 of them) and wondering if any more had hatched and how were they getting along. I was the first one in the door when we got home and I checked on them and there were two more! Three more hatched later that afternoon but they died shortly after that. I candled the remaining eggs the next day and saw that almost all of them were nearly clear. So I knew they weren't ever going to make it. I had to throw them away. It was pretty sad. Anyway, the bobwhite quail are now almost 3 weeks old and getting bigger my the minute! My husband brought home more eggs (I told him that's it. No more please) I have 24 eggs in the incubator right now. They're due to hatch on the 12th of June. Well this has given me the desire to get some chickens. I didn't want to hatch them out though. That is too stressful (I hate the wait). So I ordered 12 "chickas" as I've been calling them (hopefully they don't mess up and throw in any roosters) from my feed store. Six Rhode Island Reds and six Barred Plymouth Rocks. I expected them to arrive today but the feed store called and said that they actually won't be here till monday or tuesday because of the recent holiday slowing mail up and Sunnyside Hatchery out of Beaver Dam, WI said they didn't have enough RIR to send me. I was so bummed!! I paced around the house and ranted and raved for a while. I told my friend today that it feels like I'm pregnant again and counting down the days till my due date and getting upset when I go over my due date and the baby isn't born yet! I know, ridiculous. But I know you all understand. My friend laughed at me and called me a crazy farm girl! So when my babies FINALLY arrive I will post pictures!
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Welcome to the addiction! [​IMG] Love the pic of tha baby quail. sooo tiny! I agree on the incubator thing....ugh! Anticipation!! Thats why we got Buff Orps this spring. They are supposed to be great broodys. I cant waite to see pics of your little quail and the new babies! Have fun with them.
     
  3. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    Hello fellow Wisconsin-er! [​IMG] You must live near a CPI Co-op! I can tell because you said they use Sunnyside Inc and thats what our Co-op uses. [​IMG]

    Anywho, wish I would have known sooner that you wanted chickies. We could have traded or something. I am thinking about some kind of game bird, like quail. They're just so darn cute!

    Anywho, welcome to the addiction! Poultry are like potatoe chips! Cant have just one! [​IMG]
     
  4. mamading

    mamading Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you still want quail let me know. Like I said, I have 7 chicks that are almost three weeks old and 24 more eggs that due to hatch around the 12 of this month.
    I can bring them to you no problem.
    A friend of ours wants to use some of them for training his dog which is a lab. I can't release them into the wild because they're not native to this area plus they've been in captivity and wouldn't survive. My husband said we can eat some too. No way I say. I couldn't do that. So I would love to give some to you instead of letting him eat them. LOL
     
  5. JudyMcKinn

    JudyMcKinn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gads! I sure wouldn't want to give them to someone to train their dog with! Wouldn't they be cruely & slowly mauled to death, as he learns to retrieve and bring them to the hunter?
     
  6. mamading

    mamading Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok I'm going to try to post some pictures here of the quail. I'm a rookie here so hopefully it works.
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    This was taken right after they started hatching. The two larger dark colored eggs in the back are pheasant eggs. Which are about the same size as a small chicken egg. Look at the size difference! When these little buggers hatch out they're about an inch or two big!!
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    [​IMG] These two little guys didn't make it. [​IMG]
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    Here they are just a few days old in a temporary cardboard box brooder.
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    Later today I will add recent pictures of them.
     
  7. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

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    Dont know if its just me or not, but none of your photos showed up for me. All I got were them blasted Xs.... [​IMG] I so wanted to see them babies too.... bummer
     
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    All I get are "X"s too. I think it is the site, http://images.kodakgallery.com, that blocks people from posting pictures in forums. What's funny if you put in the url directly it loads, but just not from the forum.

    mamading, I edited your post so peopl could click on the images.

    DOH... that didn't work either. I've not seen anything like this before.
     
  9. Chelly

    Chelly Cooped Up

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    Can't see the pic's either...
     

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