quail hatched by chickens...need advice

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ImTheRealElly, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. ImTheRealElly

    ImTheRealElly Out Of The Brooder

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    we were on vacation almost 2 weeks and came home to2 very determined broody hens and the quail pen full of egs scatered allover.on a whim i took the quaileggs and put them under the hens. now they have started hatching. i got some quail feed and put 4 babies in a box with a light and pine shavings. but i've never had baby quail before. they are soooo tiny!!! and the cutest things ever.but i dont know if the wood shavings are the right thing, or if they have any other particular needs.
    also,if i leavesomeof themwith the hens will they raise them? it doesnt seem safe since they are so very tiny and the hens are so big! but the hens seem to want them.
    i'm open to advice.
     
  2. the outdoorsman44

    the outdoorsman44 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if they are still very young then crush the food so they can eat it.
     
  3. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do not leave the chicks with the hens, the hens may kill them and the chicks can catch a disease called coryza from the chickens.
     
  4. ImTheRealElly

    ImTheRealElly Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks. we did crush up the food and they are pecking at it. we took out 4 chicks, then when we checked again we found some more eggs hatched but no chicks to be found. i wonder if the remaining eggs would hatch under the heat lamp with the 4 chicks. the hens obviously cant be trusted.
     
  5. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can leave the remaining eggs with the hens, but as soon as the eggs hatch put the chicks in the brooder.
     
  6. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a quail chick waterer and what kind of quail do you have?
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  7. ImTheRealElly

    ImTheRealElly Out Of The Brooder

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    the farm store was out of waterers so we havea regular one ful lof marbles.so far its ok.
     
  8. Mt. Baker Quail

    Mt. Baker Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That should be fine.
     
  9. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really wish I could leave my farm for a 2 week vacation. Kudos for that! [​IMG]

    The first question. What species of "Quail" are we talking about?
     
  10. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Mt. Baker Quail :

    Do not leave the chicks with the hens, the hens may kill them and the chicks can catch a disease called coryza from the chickens.​
     

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