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I think I'm gonna have some baby Quails

Discussion in 'Quail' started by TGarcia, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. TGarcia

    TGarcia Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    I ordered 4 quail eggs a while back and put them in the incubator on April 4th. I HONESTLY did not expect anything to happen cause they took FOREVER to arrive, and with temps being like they have in Texas I figured something had to have gone wrong. Plus the mailman just sat them outside my door IN THE HOT SUN, where they sat for HOURS before I got home and realized they were there. Everything I had read said that stored eggs should be kept at cooler temps until ready for incubation. I waited about 3-4 days before actually even putting them into the incubator, and was hesitant about doing it due to the circumstances in which they had arrived. And really didn't think they were any good. I guess I was WRONG!!!!

    Well, I've been turning them twice a day, sometimes three times. And making sure the temps stay steady. And today I decided to candle the eggs to see if anything was going on, or if I was just doing all this egg turning for nothing. Well.....to my surprise I am almost 100% positive that 2 are developing ( I saw the little veins and all), and the other 2 are hard to tell. I'm SHOCKED!! But VERY happy.

    We just purchased 4 EE chicks and have been chick owners now for 3 weeks. My babies are 7 weeks old, and we are about to put them into their outside living area. I am however concerned as to whether once the Bobwhite Quails get old enough, will they be able to be with the chickens, or will I have to make separate living quarters for them.

    I'm a nervous wreck now thinking about the baby quails hatching. And making sure I do everything right. We went from NO EXPERIENCE to just HEAD FIRST into all this. I was going to order some more baby chicks, but think I am going to have to wait now.

    So if any of you can give me a little advice as to how to handle the babies once they hatch I would appreciate it. I feel like a complete idiot jumping into this not knowing a whole lot. But I'm looking very forward to having them, and just want to make sure we do everything right.

  2. silentrunning

    silentrunning Songster

    Jan 18, 2009
    Venice, Florida
    Unless you have a remarkably tight chicken run I wouldn't put the quail in there. They are a wild animal and will find a way out in no time. They can squeeze thru a very small crack and also are super fast. If you open a door they will be gone. Chickens on the other hand never seem to get too far from the food. [​IMG]


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