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Incubation time?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Brownie101, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Brownie101

    Brownie101 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am going to be hatching California Valley quail and I am wondering how long the I incubation time should be and, after they hatch how long is it till they can fly? I have read lots of books but they say the incubation should take 16-25 days and I need a more specific time line. Thanks for any help.
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    The incubation time is 22 to 23 days. All birds can fly when they are fully feathered. However as to how well they fly depends on if they have had access to flight cages and such. Takes time to develop flight muscles.
     
  3. Brownie101

    Brownie101 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you so much!
     
  4. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like these may be some of your first quail... Your birds will be able to fly out of your brooder at two weeks old or less... You need a lid and to be ready for that....;-) they are quick little buggers when they are sprint'n around your livingroom!
     
  5. Brownie101

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    Yes, they are my first quail! So exited!
     
  6. Invision

    Invision Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you probably should of started with Coturnix... Little better at forgiving you if you screw something up...
     
  7. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I respectfully disagree... I'v always been a firm believer that you should raise the quail you want to raise..... Its true that old world quail are a bit easier to hatch and easier to raise. Kinda like the "Guppies" of the game bird world..... But folks seem to kill them off with great regularity too. Valley quail are not out of your reach if that is what you want....Do your research.....You seem to be on the right path. You'll do fine, and if you dont, ask some questions and try again. Many of us have raised a lot of new world quail and will be glad to help you out. Eggs are not that pricey and you'll end up with something other than "Guppies".... They are new world quail and a bit more nervous than others. While they are not a bird that will ever eat from your hand, they are a awesome little bird and they make a sound that reminds me of a very small dog, barking in a large jar! They use a lot of heart beats pace'n around when stressed. They are not as aggressive as most new world species and will happily share a pen with Texas Blue Scale or Gambel's quail up to breeding season. They are a first spring breeder in nature and have a short natural laying season. Forcing them with lights has mixed results as fertility usually suffers. Dont give them meal worms as these look like the toes of pen mates and can induce toe picking. I raise them in pens with a very low top, 12".... they will boink on occasion....If yours is taller you can pad it or just be aware that they are prone to flushing. Good luck and Have fun....BIll
     
  8. TwoCrows

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  9. Brownie101

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    thanks!
     

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