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bodger

Little Rockers.

Quail eggs supposedly take eighteen days to hatch, well at least that's what the book says.
As you know, I've currently got my first ever lot in the incubator. They're due to hatch on or about the 25th.
Well this morning we moved them over into the incubator recently vacated by my last lot of LS and Anconas. I placed the eggs carefully into their new home and Karen said "look at that" And most of the quail eggs were rocking like mad. Hopefully this means that I should have some very lively chicks on the way. I'm spot on with my hatching dates but I can't see it being that long can you?  

Hopefully I'll have some pictures of my first ever quail sometime pretty soon.  
Dave C

I think the earliest I've seen them rock is about 3 days before due date.

But mine always hatch 1 day early anyway,  
bodger

Dave, Karen's bought a 60 watt red light for them this morning. That should do to brood them under shouldn't it?  
sandrar

Oh good luck. I'm watching with interest.
Dave C

Just checked mine, they are both 250w but I use them when my bitches welp, so with chicks I keep them at a good height.

I suppose with a 60w you will just lower it closer to the chicks.  
bodger

I've got the big sow lamps that I use for the newly arrived piglets but that would definitely be over kill.
Dave C

Yeah and cost the earth

I would just use the 60w and see how they get on mate.
bodger

The first quail hatched a couple of hours ago and already he's very active. He or she is cheeping like mad and just like me, he obviously hoping that a few more of his mates will be along shortly.
sandrar

  Photos as soon as possible please  
Toddy

Very good they're cute wee things, and apparantly the very bees knees for ridding an area of ticks
Best of luck for a huge hatching success.

M
bodger

He's still a singleton but then a watched kettle never boils.
bodger

Not exactly over burdened with quail chicks this morning. At the moment there are four hatched in the incubator but I'm hoping that more will hatch. What I will have to do this morning, is to get the early bird into the brooder so that he can get some food and water.
bodger

As of now we have six.
bodger

They.re hatching like stink now, there's well into double figures but I'm a little concerned about the one who hatched this time yesterday. I can't tell which one he is and he's probably ready for food and drink. I can't tell which one he is anyway and I don't really want to open the incubator while the eggs are hatching.
bodger

Now we're really rocking. I've taken ten quail chicks out of the incubator and placed them into my DIY brooder. There are still seventeen eggs in the incubator and ever the optimist I'm hoping that a few more chicks might hatch yet.























I've not kept quail before and I'm just hoping that things turn out OK. They're so blinking small and diddly !  
Dave C

Result  
sandrar

I am so watching your progress... I'm still hoping to start with POL ( any day now I hope !! ) but sure it won't be long before I start to hatch.
bodger

Are you going for an egg laying or a meat strain?
Toddy

Awww they're beautiful babies tiny wee things though.
I thought quail were good mums ?
sandrar

bodger wrote:
Are you going for an egg laying or a meat strain?


Egg -  normal egg sales are going well, thought I'd add to the range for the second home/holiday home owners, along with honey,plants etc

Looking to buy Japanese quail, so dual purpose if I change my mind
bodger

Just one more chick has hatched overnight, that puts the tally at eleven. There are sixteen eggs left in the incubator and while that's probably it, I'll leave them where they are until tomorrow.
Eleven out of twenty seven isn't that good a percentage hatch rate but its a start and better than nothing.
confused

Well done they are so small and fiddly , but grow like wee mushrooms ,
Dave C

How many are you ultimately wanting in your flock ?
bodger

Not a clue. Not withstanding that, we're still intending moving at the end of August.

I've noticed that quite a few of the quail have decidedly dodgy feet. They seem to be able to get around OK. There's no other way of saying this but we will be eating the cripples when they're big enough.
confused

bodger wrote:
Not a clue. Not withstanding that, we're still intending moving at the end of August.

I've noticed that quite a few of the quail have decidedly dodgy feet. They seem to be able to get around OK. There's no other way of saying this but we will be eating the cripples when they're big enough.


A man after my own heart,
bodger

A chap called at the house yesterday and in conversation he mentioned that he used to keep a lot of quail. I told him about mine, which are about five weeks old now and I got him to take a look at them. He reckons that out of the ten, I have nine females.
Lets hope he's correct.
Dave C

Sounds very positive mate  
bodger

A slight miscalculation on my part. The aviary that I have the quail in is only a few yards away from our bedroom window and as the birds have started to mature, they've started to make a bit of a racket with their sort of crowing warble. They are nowhere near as melodic as the little Painted quail hen that I kept a few years back but how was I to know that? I've never kept golden quail before, I thought they were more or less mute.
Dave C

Oh dear, what time was that ?
bodger

Just after four, at five and so on. I can sleep through cockerels crowing but I haven't got used to the quail serenading me yet.
bodger

Our quail will be six weeks old  this coming Monday.
I've just legged it over to the other side of the smallholding to lock the geese away for the night and I could hear the little blighters calling as loud as you like.
As a first time quail keeper, I'd like to say that they definitely didn't put that on the label when I bought those hatching eggs! Nor did they say that the noisy little barstewards would be up and about all through the bdooly night ! And I really do mean every effing night! I'm sorry to say that I feel the need to locate a  purveyor of cooking foil ASAP.
horace

 
bodger

We've stood outside the aviary listening for any male quail to crow. So far I've pulled six of the little blighters out and we might not be finished yet. Fancy that Herbert telling me that I'd got nine out of ten !
bodger

Make that seven out of ten. Here's hoping that I don't hear any further crowing from the remaining three.
bodger

We managed a much better nights sleep last night but there was still one cock quail crowing in the aviary. I'll remove him which will mean that I'll have just the two hens out of the ten chicks I hatched. What I've got to do now, is to make my mind up as to whether or not it's worth keeping just two quail. Should I eat the lot and buy some more females in, or keep the two and retain one of the cocks so that I breed some of my own?  
confused

Aye its hard work trying to listen to them , About 4 years ago i bought 20 and as a total newbie to quail i had to listen to my seller who said i had approx 15 females and 5 cocks , maybe he was a newbie as well !!!!!  i ended up with 4 females, but they did make nice dish's at our daughters pre wedding get together
bodger

I've been looking on the internet and you seem to be able to buy laying quail for about four or pounds each but as usual, with living where we do, they're all miles away from us.
horace

What,s the point if you are moving
bodger

Quail are handy little things to tag along. They need very little space, the hens, if you get any that is, don't make much noise and they lay loads of delicious little eggs at a very early age.
I've just collared the eighth little blighter and moved him, which leaves two hens in a six foot by four foot aviary. The eight cocks are currently eating their way to an early crock pot, or possibly a
sandrar

I can send you quail eggs, not tested them yet for fertility/hatching. They are Japanese and once feathered up you can easily tell the male from female by the chest colouring.

I'm really pleased with mine, they came from Moonridge Farm http://moonridgefarm.co.uk/product-category/quail/

They are lovely and calm, happy to be handled and QUIET !
kaz

After realising that he only had one female quail, Bodger has given a pair of quail to a friend to keep in the bottom of his aviary...........I've just gone to tidy the shed (while Bodger is cooling down with cold drinks at the pub.....) and found these .....



guess what Bodger is having with his salad tonight?  
Dave C

Better cook them before he gets the incubator out Kaz  
bodger

An update.
I gave a pair of the quail to a friend and so far, we've eaten three of the remaining males. They tasted fine but are definitely not suitable for anyone with anything like a healthy appetite. They dressed out a little bit like sparrows on steroids.
As of today, I've got eight x twelve month old female quail being delivered this coming Thursday for three quid each. I'm thinking of retaining two of the young golden males to go with them. which leaves three  left for us to eat.
Toddy

I mind being a very little girl and being taken to a posh restaurant in Edinburgh by an Aunt and a two great Aunts.

I was not a happy child to realise, knowing that my manners had to be impeccable, that I was expected to eat this wee bird, bones and all.

Utter yuck factor for me there.

I'm vegetarian these days, and have been almost all of my adult life.

Aye.

M
bodger

My new quail have just been delivered. They are a lot wilder than the ones that I hatched.
bodger

My nine new quail only travelled to their new home in North West Wales this afternoon. They came from Manchester and they must have been holding on tight to whatever they'd got in their locker, because within an hour, there were no less than seven eggs in the bottom of the pen.
Dave C

Dare a say for little guys they seem quite duel purpose 👍

Dont suppose they lay all year round ?
bodger

I'm pretty sure that they do lay all year round and should lay hundreds of eggs per year.
I hope they've settled down a bit today. Last night they were trying to kill themselves on the aviary wire. So much so, I had to staple some plastic windbreak on the inside to stop them damaging themselves. Quite a few had blood on their heads.
sandrar

How are your quail doing Bodger.?

I've just added a few eggs to the incubator but am now fretting the chicks will get trampled on by the legbar chicks before I take them out of the incubator (assuming they hatch)

I do plan to brood them separately. What did you feed your quail chicks on ? Game bird feed isn't easy to get locally but I guess I can buy it online.
bodger

I started them off on chick food crumbs and then someone pointed out that they are routinely medicated so, when they were a bit older I bought a bag of micro game pelletsfor them and that's what they're on now. Since then, someone else has pointed out that these too are medicated, so I'm a bit flummoxed as to what to get for them next but whatever I decide, they've got to finish off this bag first.
hasbean

I used to feed mine on layers pellets and some fruit and veg.

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