Newbie with a quail question

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tessanoel1999, Jul 26, 2014.

  1. tessanoel1999

    tessanoel1999 In the Brooder

    Jul 26, 2014
    Hi all! Been lurking here for a while now trying to learn all I can about raising quail. I have 9 coturnix that turned 1 month old today! For the most part they seem to be doing fine but a few of them have not developed feathers on their backs. I saw one that started developing feathers on the back, but now that it's been a week, it's still mostly just the pokey part of the feather, not the soft part. My question is, is that normal? Semi-normal? They are all eating and drinking fine. If it's not normal, does anyone have a clue what they are lacking? I've searched the site and can not find any threads regarding feathers not developing.
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
  3. Basskids08

    Basskids08 Chick Logging

    :frow and welcome to BYC! I bet there were a lot of us lurkers around here. I lurked for about a year before I joined up, and now that I'm here I'm addicted to BYC! you can go over to our learning center and read some really good articles on just about everything, there also might be something there about your question.
    Honestly I think that their probably good and as you know all animals develop at different speeds
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2014
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] and welcome to the flock. I don't know about quail either but, if you go to "Other backyard Poultry" forum above you will find threads for quail, guineas, ducks, geese, you name it.

    If you post on the quail thread you will get answers from people that are experienced with them.
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. I'm a chicken person and don't know much about quail (never had any), but they sure are cute little birds. X2 on the quail link that Mountain Peeps gave you. If you post your questions there, I'm sure that you will get lots of replies. Good luck with your quail.
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! x2 on the Quail section.
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    Quail now there is an interesting bird to deal with and yes nothing out of the ordinary with the feathers but one thing that will haep with feather growth is a hard boiled egg try feeding them one a day just remove the shell and mash up really good and serve I use to do this and it will help ..... But I had valley quail ..... & bob whites ....
  8. tessanoel1999

    tessanoel1999 In the Brooder

    Jul 26, 2014
    Thanks for the warm welcome ya'll! Lol. Oh yes, I've been all over the quail forums and still can't find an answer. I will ask over there though. Thanks again!
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Sounds like they are still growing in their feathers. These are called pin feathers and they can take weeks to grow in. Make sure none of the others are picking at each others feathers so they have to regrow. Are they still in the brooder? I keep bobwhites too. Quail are fun little birds to keep. :)
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

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