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Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:31 am
by Marigold
hi Concerned Parent, glad you got a couple. yes, leave them 24 hours, like all baby chicks they have reserves of food from the yolk sac and its more important to let them dry off thoroughly and stay warm than to eat at this stage. Sorry they didn't all hatch - I never found the membrane was tough in fact mine seemed to cut off the top of the shell and get out very much faster than chickens. Aren't they beautiful?

Here's a link to some bits of video of my first hatch. viewtopic.php?f=37&t=5755
A bit further on in the archive, there are some more threads about my hatches, if you're interested.

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:03 pm
by Deetle
Hi, sadly 1 of the little chaps didnt make it. Wasnt right from the start and was never able to stand erect, straighten at the knees if you like. So after 3 days he/she died. The other hatchling is full of beans and going well but alas is alone. We've tried bringing a mature quail into the brooder for short periods, they didn't really bond but nothing bad happened either.
Ive been reducing the temp a little as feathers are coming through. When would I be thinking about putting it outside, thinking weeks not days? Outdoor temperatures are about 10c - 28c atm.

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:06 pm
by Deetle
Love the vids Marigold

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:11 pm
by Marigold
hi Deetle, sorry to hear one of them died. The chick could go out during the day in a sheltered run, covered against the rain if any, once he's off heat and the temperature in the run is equal to what he would have experienced in the brooder, but he might feel very exposed on his own. He should be fully feathered by 6 weeks but as he's on his own with nobody to snuggle up to at night, he may need to come back in for more warmth overnight. Depends on the climate ATM where you are. I think 10C is too low, just observe and seer how he gets on. Maybe 'he' will turn out to be a girl, with luck. Intergrating him/her might be problematic, it's always tricky with just one.

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:48 am
by Deetle
Hi again, after a slow introduction to the outside world the new addition 'Tiddalik' has settled into her/his new home. Im guessing she is a girl by the accepting behaviour of the male. At first i would introduce in the afternoon as the mating behaviour seemed less vigorous than the morning. A few weeks on its a permanent thing.
Thanks so much for your advice Marigold, its wonderful that i can get helpful advice all the way from the UK.

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:59 am
by Marigold
Hi Deetle, I'm very glad you've managed to integrate her, well done, that could have been problematic. I'm not sure exactly where you live, or what the climate is like, especially how much sun you get at this time of year. If she's a girl, you could expect her to come into lay at 6-8 weeks, and if he's a boy, to become sexually mature (starting to crow, and producing foam balls when his abdomen is squeezed, (see Youtube videos on sexing quails.) But if s/he's getting less than 14 hours a day of sunlight or electric equivalent, s/he will probably delay puberty until Spring is more advanced. This would apply now in the UK, but if your days are longer things will be different.
When puberty does happen, watch out for territorial disputes with any older males you may have if he's a boy, and for rough mating behaviour from your males if she's a girl. Boy Coturnix quails get rampant teenage hormones overnight and will try to mate anything in sight, whilst females are vulnerable at this stage. But i had males living together happily all winter, who started to fight when the daylight told them Spring was coming.

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:04 pm
by Deetle
That fascinating about delayed puberty Marigold. Atm (some 20 odd days after summer solstice) we are getting 15 hrs of light. At this time of year the further south the longer the day, im about 70kms south of Hobart, Tasmania. Today is going to be 31c, tonight will drop to 16c. Doesn't get much warmer than that here. The weather will be great until about Apr/ May.
There's no evidence of friction between them yet (fingers crossed) and feathers remain intact behind the head. Its been 6 weeks since hatching by my calcs.

Re: First time raising quails

Posted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:51 pm
by Marigold
How interesting, about your climate and daylight. Yes, of course i remember now that you live in Tazzy, but I wasn't sure about the climate. No problems with lack of light, then, and at 6 weeks you should soon be able to sex the chick.