Hi from San Antonio!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Kaliko, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Kaliko

    Kaliko New Egg

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    Good afternoon, all! ^_^

    I'm really happy to have found this community, and even though I haven't posted yet, I've gotten a ton of lifesaving advice from various threads already. :)

    I'm (almost!) a Coturnix quail-raiser - I have 6 eggs in my incubator that pipped today - hopefully more will follow in the next couple days. I don't have enough dog-free room in my yard for chickens, but my mom is moving to San Antonio in a couple months, and she's very excited to get chickens, being a born-and-raised farm girl, so I'm learning as much about them as I can for her as well. :)

    I bought 2 dozen eggs off eBay last month, and received them (plus a few extras) on 30 Mar. When I candled them around day 10, 9 were not developing, and another had a clear blood ring. [I cracked them all to verify... that's a pretty low fertility rate, isn't it?] Anyway, since then, the rest of them look to have been developing nicely, and right up until I locked them down on the 14th, most of them still had clearly visible veins and beautiful fluttering embryos. I've never had kids (and probably won't), so candling is about as close to a sonogram as I'm likely to ever see, and I'm just overwhelmed by the miracle of seeing these tiny creatures develop in these little portable uteruses. ^_^

    My new husband's 3 sons are staying with us this weekend, so I'm really hoping that at least one of these chicks emerges before we have to take them home, so they can see them as newborns. We only get them every couple weeks at best, and they're all teenagers, so it's rare that we get all three at once - one or 2 of them are almost always doing something with friends, and decide to skip. But they're all sweet at heart, and they all love animals, so I think they'll really enjoy seeing these babies grow up!

    I've got some pretty cool photos of the pips, and I hope to get many more of the hatchings.. if any are particularly clear or unusual-looking, I'll post them, but I don't want to bore y'all too much. I'm also not at all confident about the prospects of at least 4 or 5 of the remaining eggs, so if I do eggtopsies, I'll surely be asking for feedback on them. Thank you so much for the information you've provided and the support I've experienced just from browsing the forum.

    Cheers!
    - Kaliko
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet you Kaliko. I've never incubated eggs but, I'm sending good hatching vibes [​IMG]. Welcome to Backyard chickens
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi Kaliko and welcome to BYC - great to have you onboard with us. I'm sure that you already know about the Quail forum, but you may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - just type the name of your state in the search box.

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. Kaliko

    Kaliko New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome, drumstick diva, BantamFan4Life, and CTKen! ^_^ And, CTKen, I appreciate the info about the state threads, & I'll check them out soon.

    My first quail hatched just before midnight this last night, and they continued to hatch throughout the day. I have 16 babies running around right now, out of the 18 fertilized eggs I received. Since I had already removed the blood ring one last week, I only had to deal with one dead one today. It wasn't as traumatic as I was fearing, but it did make me sad. From the state of decay and development, I'm guessing it must have died yesterday or the day before at the earliest. The smell wasn't very strong, but somewhat sulfuric... maybe some bacteria managed to infiltrate? I was careful to use sterile technique when I handled them, but something must have got by somehow. :/ At any rate, 16 out of 18 is a lot better than I was even hoping for, and the others are beautiful and lively. I have 10 in my brooder, and 6 - the later hatchers that were still wet and weak - still in the incubator, so they don't get trampled on by their siblings. It looks like I've got a couple Tibetan or tuxedo-colored ones, with the rest split among TAMU, pharoah, and maybe some that are a mix of those two.. or something else. Again, first hatch, so I'm kind of guessing here!

    They are so cute. If I put my hand in the brooder, they all pile on, and even with 10 of them I can barely feel the weight.

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    .... Annnnnd I haven't really slept since they started hatching, so I'm going to go pass out now. :D
    -Kaliko
     
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  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    You are most welcome and congrats on a great hatch!
    CT
     
  7. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Congratulations on your 1st hatch...I'd say 16 out of 18 was excellent! I've read that shipped eggs have a lower hatch rate, but it sounds like yours did fine.

    Thanks for joining us and enjoy those new tiny ones!
     
  8. Kaliko

    Kaliko New Egg

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    Thanks, N F C! :) The seller packaged the eggs well, and I guess for once our post office didn't use the box for soccer practice! I was worried because I didn't know you were supposed to calibrate the temp & humidity sensors, so... I didn't. But it seems to have worked out anyway. I used a Hova-bator [with fan & external monitor] that I modified *slightly* (added aquarium tubing leading into the reservoirs so I wouldn't have to pull the top off to adjust the humidity).

    Here are all the babies together. My husband built me a temp regulator - that's what the metal probe is for. It automatically turns the heat lamp on and off - and it's got a learning algorithm so it gets better at anticipating temp fluctuations over time. [Electrical engineers are awesome. ;) ]

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  9. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    The temp regulator is awesome! Every once in a while BYC will have a contest for diy project related to poultry...next contest like that that comes around, you should enter it!
     

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