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bodger



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 8:29 am    Post subject: Little Rockers.  Reply with quote

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.  
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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

But mine always hatch 1 day early anyway,  
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave, Karen's bought a 60 watt red light for them this morning. That should do to brood them under shouldn't it?  
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh good luck. I'm watching with interest.
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.  
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got the big sow lamps that I use for the newly arrived piglets but that would definitely be over kill.
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah and cost the earth

I would just use the 60w and see how they get on mate.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

  Photos as soon as possible please  
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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2016 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He's still a singleton but then a watched kettle never boils.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As of now we have six.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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 !  

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