In my brooder we used paper towel, to prevent splayed legs, but today we have purchased 'gravel paper' for cage birds. It absorbs the moisture and it really good for chicks with leg problems, something to grip onto. I had to redo my lil yellow ones brace today, it had become lose, so I made it a bit tighter so her legs are together more (because I stuffed up with the first brace, just a bit to loose), She has learned to turn herself over if she falls, and that is good, building more strength in her back muscles. I've taken off her shoe and her foot is all perfect again!! So happy They learn quite quickly what to do and where the 'food' source is. One of them loves the rabbit water bottle, it jumps for it when it sees it, quite funny actually. Sounds like you've got most of it sorted! Yay Woot, I hope the little guys hatch! What day are you on now? You should be close! They aren't too bad, I have them in my room, and I can't really smell anything, the starter food over powers the smell of it I think. Sounds a bit odd, maybe your boy is slowing down with the mating! I hope they turn out fertile for you, some can be slow developers. Ah thank you, he had breathing problems and I tried my best to help. I was investigating it's egg and found that the air socket was not gone, there was still some there, so this could of contributed to the breathing problems, because it was so influenced to get out of it's shell to talk to the others about their master plan to escape from their surrogate mother. Hahaha! I have some pictures of the little ones; when they first hatched and now. If you can see her foot it's curled, as I stated above, I've now fixed it and 'she' can walk like a normal quail again (just with a hobble brace). It was very noisy when 'she' (I don't know whether it's a girl or boy, it just looks like a little girly) first hatched. Little 'Gremlin' having a rest (just a nickname for it until they get a bit bigger) If you can see 'her' foot now, it's uncurled and she can walk on it, so happy ^.^ As you can see the other one likes to photobomb.