Science for kids new to quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by violamama, Feb 6, 2016.

  1. violamama

    violamama Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first post here. I've been reading for a few weeks and really appreciate and enjoy this great forum!

    Tonight we brought home 11 newly hatched Coturnix. We are a homeschooling family (4th, 2nd and preschool, all very interested in science and animals). The kids are very good with the birds so far, and we got them in part to be pets for them. We understand they aren't exactly lap-cuddly creatures but hope they'll remain hand-tamed with lots of little hand fed treats as we go along. So far they are awesome!

    We have a plan to build a quail tractor style coop to move around our yard. For now we plan to just do that and eat the eggs. More batches/incubation will probably wait at least a year as these are our first birds as a family.

    My question:
    Do you have suggestions for some kind of experiments, projects, sciencey observation, etc., we could do with our covey of quail?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmmm. You could grow fodder for them and see what type the quail prefer and if it changes the color of the yolk. Some people give 28% and some do 30% protein. You could see if it makes a difference in egg production. Or how organic, vs non organic food makes a difference in egg size taste color. Some people that are breeding the quail try to make sure their girls are 7 oz at 6 weeks. You could see what factors speed the growth process. You could use different amounts of light at night and see if that affects egg production. And see if you could condition them- ring a bell before food/treat to see if you can train them all to come to one end of the pen or something. Maybe someone else will have some good ideas?
     
  3. violamama

    violamama Out Of The Brooder

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    Those are great ideas! Thanks so much.
     
  4. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No problem. Post in the forum when you do them! Id certainly be interested in any results you came up with!
     

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