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Quail experiment at birth

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sunshine ducky, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2012
    Hey everybody, so I decided to hatch about 50 quails this summer and I wanted to separate one of the chicks into its own brooder right when it hatches. Reason being is I wanted to see if it was raised by itself that it will grow up to be a very tame and docile bird; basically to see if it enjoys human interaction. If any of you tried something similar to this please feel free to post your experience and any reccmomondations you might have. Thanks!
  2. gpop1

    gpop1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2015
    personally I would wait until I know that its learn to eat and drink first, There not very cleaver so it works out easier if they copy others. You just hope that at least one works out what food/water is to show the others. I have even had to throw in a adult so they can learn where to go and what to do. It is possible to teach one so with a little effort you may be able to show the single chick yourself.

    It might also be noisy being separated as they do better in a flock where they can share body heat and they seem to feel more secure but with a lot of interaction it might consider you its flock. Ive had single quail chicks and im not sure they can be classified as a interactive pet. It would be interesting to see the results from this experiment
  3. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2012
    Thanks for the feedback I'm definiatly interested if the single chick will accept me as it's flock. And thanks for telling me they need extra care alone.
  4. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    I've found that the friendly ones are friendly and the not so friendly ones aren't interested in people no matter how many or few chicks you have. Each will have a distinct personality. Just handle them a lot in the first week and the friendly ones will be your best friends. Boys are always less friendly than girls once they mature. They prefer not to be touched.

    We have a gold girl who was very friendly right from the word go. My son wanted to call her Fluttershy, but there was nothing shy about her so her name became Flutter. She loves attention and being patted. Her gold sister, Dumpling, is very sweet and friendly too.

    The adults seem to be more comfortable being scooped up under their tummies with both your hands cupped round them, facing you and their legs left to dangle. Grabbing them across the back makes them panic a bit, especially your more highly strung individuals. Our daughter picks ours up all the time and they don't mind too much, and even the anxious ones barely struggle if you hold them this way.
  5. Irajoe

    Irajoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2009
    South Carolina
    Please post the results of the testing...should be interesting findings. I've done this much less purposefully by default when only one quail has hatched. The quail seemed to like the company of me being near the brooder but it was flighty and nothing close to friendly.
  6. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2012
    Thanks for all the feedback everyone! Once I hatch these birds this summer I'll post the results of my experiment right away.
  7. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2015
    Ontario, Canada

    I agree :) when you approach the brooder after a few days there will likely be some that will slam themselves against the walls and some that are maybe just following the pack and aren't actually terrified of you.

    I think smaller batches of about a dozen hatches is ideal for getting to know the birds, then again if you hatched 100 and took out a few of the "most chill" birds I think it would be very likely that those few would get very used to you and even interested in you and your attention.

    Petting or pressure on the back of chickens and quails initially makes them think you're trying to dominate them as that's how they do it to each other so a single soft pet along the sides or back once while they're distracted (not staring at you in fear) then retract and it becomes a safe thing to happen and eventually you should be able to pet them more and more and they may even crave "leg tickles and belly rubs" :D Basically I tickle pet their soft feathers there which I think are more sensitive and my tame ones will close their eyes and snuggle in to my double hand cup cuddles hehe maybe even tuck a leg up :p

    It especially helps if you speak to them in a pleasant sing song way - they will recognize that and it makes you not seem like a silent staring predator.

    You can tell if the quail likes you even if it doesn't want to be touched if when you sing song to them, you may notice some stretching - it means they feel comfortable and may even be showing off for you, a scared bird will huddle, frozen or pace away from you into the wall/cage.

    I do my "handling" inside the cages - they feel most comfortable in there. Oh and do you know about The Popcorn Dance? ;)

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