Sold my first quail just in time for new ones to hatch.

Discussion in 'Quail' started by spookyevilone, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    I had a lady come look at the extra quail last night. She bought six buttons @ $10 and a pair of coturnix @ $5/each.

    Two minutes after she walked out the door, I heard the "OMG scary world!" peeping from Blue's cage, and a moment later, he evicted the empty egg shell from their nest. I waited up most of the night, and Blue very nicely evicted every empty shell as though he knew I was counting. Six healthy babies out of 7 eggs. The last got opened this morning, it wasn't fertile.

    Right after I fell asleep, I heard the distressed peeping of a baby, and went to investigate. A baby had escaped the nest and promptly fallen right through the floor wire and wound up in the chip tray. I pulled him out, put him back in the nest, pulled the nest box out and covered the floor of the cage with dish towels.

    Four seconds later, I found out that button quail hens hold their..er.. water, so to speak.. when setting on eggs, because the hen came out and dropped the biggest poo I've ever seen come out a button quail. I thought it was another egg at first buuuut it wasn't. Or if it is, I sure as heck hope it doesn't hatch! [​IMG]

    I'm stuck home anyway, because it's -22F outside with -38F windchill, and my car won't start. At least I have small fuzzies to look at.
    -Spooky
     
  2. UrbanMama

    UrbanMama Gone Country....

    Sep 27, 2008
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    I'm sorry the car won't start...but woooohoooo on the babies! And where are the pics???? [​IMG]

    Oh, and was that 10$ for each button?
     
  3. spookyevilone

    spookyevilone Crazy Quail Lady

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    Quote:No pics until later tonight when I can conscript That Guy's camera. [​IMG] Mine was stolen by the evil houseguest.

    Yup, $10/each for buttons. I wasn't expecting to get that, because my experience with Craigslist is that people usually offer half the asking price, so I figured I'd be lucky to get $5/each.

    She originally wanted one. I explained over the phone that 1 button with no other birds = BADNESS, so she agreed to two. When she got here and started handling the babies, she couldn't make up her mind, so she decided to think about it. She went away for dinner and then came back - she'd bought a finch breeder cage and wanted two trios so she could have all six birds [​IMG] She doesn't want babies, but I told her I'd buy the eggs back from her, and she's cool with that.

    Ahh, the addiction is spreading [​IMG]
    -Spooky
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    that is interesting about them "holding thier water" i wondered if birds did that because the nest area of mychcikens was always so clean.
     

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