Help with hatching and brooding quail chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by silkielover5, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. silkielover5

    silkielover5 Songster

    Sep 11, 2011
    Hudson WI
    My biology teacher wants me to give him tips on how to raise his hatch rate of the 100 quail he hatches at school and preventing all the deaths they have for the chicks. I've already told him a few things I noticed he needed to start doing like taking the eggs out of the egg turners during lockdown, what the humidity levels for dry hatching are, what to do for shipped eggs, how to store eggs...but I can't figure out about how to lower the chick mortality. He keeps them in a large fancy metal brooder, red heat lamp, correct temps, wire flooring...would that be a problem? He feeds them medicated quail chick feed

  2. tamara1021

    tamara1021 In the Brooder

    Apr 4, 2013
    did you ever get your answer?
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

    Apr 11, 2011
    I know this is an older thread, but cut the medicated feed! Feed them gamebird starter. Check out thiamine (vitamin B1) on Wikipedia. There's a little section that talks about deficiency in poultry. The amprollium works by blocking B1 uptake. B1 is an essential nutrient to all living things. A B1 deficiency can result in death, and the smaller the bird the quicker they'll die. If the quail aren't being exposed to soil, the chances of them getting cocci are very small anyway.
    Something else to look at would be that red brooder bulb. While looking at bulbs in the Southern States and Tractor Supply (bulbs specifically for heat lamps in the poultry section) I've noticed that most of them are lables shatter resistant. Which means they're coated with teflon. When teflon is heated up, it off cases (yes, even your non-stick teflon pans). This gas is TOXIC and birds are especially susceptible to it. This is why folks who keep parrots and other exotic birds don't cook with teflon pans!
    I hope you see this and it helps some!

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