Lone Bob White Hatchling Help

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by sweetshoplady, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    Hi! I have a lone bob white quail that hatched. In a few days I'll have some coturnix hatchlings, and chicks. It will be 22 days before I have more bob whites for this baby. And even then it'll need to wait for them. Can this wee chick go in with the coturnix when they hatch in a couple days? I feel so bad cuz she cries a lot.
     
  2. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    when my bob whites and coutirnix and buttons all hatch on the same day they all stay in the same brooder until they were about 3 weeks old then i separated them

    so i don't see nothing wrong with it
     
  3. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    I put a mirror and a couple stuffed animals in there with the little chick. She goes over and talks to the mirror. I am not sure when I set the coturnix, but I think they're due any time now. I was able to see inside a couple and they looked close. I put them in the improved hatcher. I really hope for this little bob white that they'll hatch out tomorrow.

    I have never seen such a busy little chick. Running around, crying, jumping. When I put my hand in there, she gets on it and she did fall asleep in my hand. It's a good thing she can go a few days without food, as she's not all that interested in the crumbles on the paper towels in her brooder. She did get a little drink of water. Poor little thing.

    I tried putting a couple/3 week old coturnix in there and all she wanted to do was eat the crumbles. The little black bob white would run over and try to get under the older chick and she'd run and hop and fly away from her. So I took the coturnix out, I didn't want to leave them together anyway. I was really just trying to comfort the little 10 hour old baby.

    Thanks, BirdBoy88, that's good to know that very soon, she'll have some company.
     
  4. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure to crush the crumbles up in small enough pieces so that the chick can eat them. Their tiny beaks are too small to enable them to eat most crumbles. I lost many quail chicks before I figured out that the crumbles need to be really small. I run mine through a blender at a slow speed, and the chicks can then eat them.

    A couple years ago, I raised 750 bobwhite chicks and nearly wore out my wife's blender before they were large enough to eat the crumbles "out of the bag". Good luck!
     
  5. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    Well, thankfully, my coturnix started hatching and so now the little bob white has some friends. She seems much calmer and happier. [​IMG] And is much quieter.

    jhm, thanks for that tip. I'll make sure to crush them up.
     

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