I'm done with quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Epona142, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ugh. [​IMG]

    Some of you might remember the problems I had hatching quail. I had one last go and hatched 50+ chicks from shelley's stock, and was super excited.

    Now all but two are dead, and I have no idea why. They were fine, great and healthy for about a week or more, and then all of a sudden started dropping like flies for no apparent reason.

    I have triple checked everything, and it seems fine. The only thing I can fathom is that the food was contaminated somehow...I'll probably be throwing it out.

    Don't think its the water, as my five EE chicks are doing well...

    Anyways, I just wanted to THANK all of you guys for all the help you've given me! I will probably still hang around in here and peek at the threads.

    It's just with the difficult times we're having, I can't justify spending any more on quail when I have so much heart breaking trouble with them.

    I'll probably sell my old Brower incubator, (if interested, ya can PM me.), but hold onto my Brisnea for the future.

    Who knows, maybe I'll try again next year or later.

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  2. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry To Hear Of Your Troubles. Sometimes Your Just Better Off To Pack Up The 'bator And Give It A Rest For A While Then Try Again Later....
     
  4. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. There's always next year to try again, when things might be easier.
     
  5. millerwb

    millerwb Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought my first from a lady in Caldwell. They have done pretty well. I have since hatched three batches from eggs that mine laid with few problems.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Oh no!! That's awful!! What was the brooder temps at? I've never had my birds' chicks die like that, though I have had some do that from other people. But it was never that many, I'm so sorry! [​IMG]
     
  7. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    miller - I've seen her ads. I might look into it later on.

    shelley - I feel so bad! They were your grandbabies. The temps were between 80-85 on the hot side, since they were over a week old now. They had plenty of space to get to the cooler side if they wanted. There wasn't any bunching that you see with cold/hot chicks.

    They all just...died.. I feel so helpless. [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    What were you feeding them? (not like it makes a difference now [​IMG])
     
  9. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gamebird starter from my local feedstore. Lone Star brand.

    It's the ONLY thing that's different from the EE chicks. Everything else they have the same: water, bedding, temps, attention.

    I'm going to take the bag back to the feed store and inquire about it...its the only thing I can think of as to what could have killed SO many chicks. Especially since I just switched to this bag shortly before they all died.
     
  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Good idea. Like I said, I've had some do that from other people before, but the ones that died were all hatched from the same breeders, which makes me think it was a genetic thing.

    I have over 30 'breeders' of all different colors, so the chances that ALL of them are defective is probably 1 million:1.

    I wonder if you could get the remaining feed tested? You could probably get the company to comp you the cost of the feed, eggs, and value of the chicks, if it was.
     

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