New Member Introduction

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LamarshFish, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. LamarshFish

    LamarshFish Songster

    Mar 26, 2015
    Hi all. My name is Josh. I have two chukar partridges that are now laying eggs. I always wanted to raise egg laying chickens, but haven't done it yet, so I thought this would be a nice opportunity to get familiar with the incubation and brooding process, and going forward from there.

    One of my chukars started laying eggs yesterday, so, obviously I know at least one of the two is a hen. Chukars have little to no sexual dimorphisim (and none with respect to color or patterns), but roosters usually have blocker heads and make noises (but hens have been known to have these traits as well, so sexing is difficult). In any event, I have always been pretty sure that I have a hen and a rooster, as one has a noticeably blockier head than the other, is slightly larger, makes noises and is defensive of the pen I have them in. My point being, while I know I have at least one hen (hence the eggs), I'm not 100% positive the other is a rooster, but I'm fairly certain it is a rooster--so, I'm not guaranteed fertilized eggs. I suppose if I start seeing two eggs every day, I may infer I have two hens? If not, I may infer my other is a rooster, and that there is a decent chance my eggs are fertilized?

    I plan on ordering an incubator with an auto turner, with a rack for quail eggs. If anybody has any suggestions to a newbie incubator, I'd love to hear them! I already know the keys to incubation are nailing down temp and humidity, and I know not to trust the thermometer on the incubator (I am ordering a separate thermometer/hygrometer). When I get close to hatching, I will order a brooder heater thingy and build a brooder probably out of a box.

    I hope this experience will segue into me ordering chicken eggs and trying to hatch those, and then I'll be on my way to a flock!

    Last edited: Mar 27, 2015

  2. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

    Nov 4, 2014
    East Tennessee.
    Hello and Welcome to BYC!
    We're glad you decided to join. [​IMG]There is tons of information on here, so I'm sure you'll find answers to all your questions.
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome Josh

    Glad you could join the flock! Choosing an incubator really depends on how much babysitting of it you want to do and the money you would like to spend. I personally would reccomend a Brinsea, they are very reliable rock solid on temp and hold humidity well. I have one and it really is a set and forget incubator.
    Here is the incubator review section

    Good luck on this new journey and wishing you the very best with your future incubations. Enjoy BYC :frow
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC, Josh![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    I don't know much about quail (never raised any). I suggest posting in the Quail section for some help from quail experts: Quail

    Good luck with your quail!
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined! :)
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Would you know if people candle quail eggs, it would be a way for you to know sooner If the eggs are fertile?
  7. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Queen of the Coop

    Mar 3, 2015
    Hello [​IMG]and Welcome to BYC![​IMG]

    Glad to have you join! Feel free to make yourself at home!

  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Crowing

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Hello :frow and welcome to BYC!
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Best of luck with your quail and incubation

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