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I’ve moved your lovely photos into your own thread, LB81, to keep them with your own comments. For some reason I can’t seem to move the one of them both together - could you add this, please? They are so sweet when they’re tiny, aren’t they? Thank you for posting them.
I’m going to lock the thread with the instructions, just to keep things simple.



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Thank you! Aren’t they gorgeous!
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I Love them they are beautiful and have a relaxing little call. I have been giving them a pinch of dried mealworms they love them. :)
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Hi Marigold is there any boredom breakers I can get for the quails and where can I buy them? Thanks
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So long as they have enough space to run around in they don’t need toys if they have each other for company. I found mine did like little boxes on the floor of the cage or run, with an open front, that they could hide in sometimes, as they would in the wild under hedges and bushes etc. Cardboard boxes are good as they're disposable when they get messy. Or you could make little ‘trees’ from evergreen clippings to provide some scenery to hide behind.
How big a cage are you keeping them in? Indoors or outside? Are they off heat yet?
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I have them indoors just now in a 46x95x57cm cage so its pretty big. I still have them under heatlamp should I keep them under heatlamp until they a 3 weeks old? Could I put some plants in and what kind? They have small rock in the cage.
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That sounds nice big cage, but as you’ll have found, I expect, even with only two the problem is keeping the cage clean and dry. Young chicks are at high risk of coccidiosis whilst still under a heat lamp, which is usually fatal, so cleanliness and dry conditions are essential. You’ll have discovered how strongly their poo smells, since unlike chicken chicks the blobs are so small and soft that poo picking isn’t really possible, so they tend to walk in it and spread it around. If it comes into contact with damp litter in the warm conditions it can easily cause bacterial problems. Thry peck around in the bedding and could ingest the coccidiosis oocytes. If you put in too much by way of decoration it becomes harder to clean up and change the bedding when needed. What sort of drinker do you use? The best kind is the ones with a reservoir that clips on to the cage mesh and has a lip that comes through into the cage at chest height for the birds, so they don’t paddle in it or pollute it by pooing in it, as they would do with an open shallow dish.
Reduce the heat gradually if possible, ie if you have a lamp suspended over the cage you can raise it a bit each day. They will tell you what they need - if they huddle together under the lamp and are reluctant to come out to run around and feed they’re too cold, but they do need to be able to get away from the heat source if they’re too hot. Temperature may drop at night, even indoors, so use a cage thermometer to keep an eye on what it’s getting down to. They should be well enough feathered by 6 weeks to be off heat, but might like a bit of warmth overnight if the winter is very cold. With more birds they could huddle together to keep warm.
There’s a sort of lamp called a dull emitter which is good for chicks as it only emits heat, not light, so when left on overnight they do experience ‘night’ as well as day abd have a proper natural rest in the darkness. Or there are chick warmers like the Ecoglow which are basically infra-red heated plates that the chicks can get under, like if they had a real Mum.
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See https://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles ... oduction-4 for more info about cocci.

And this was how I managed my quail cages. viewtopic.php?t=7348

And this was my summer setup. The 5th photo down reminded me that they like a bowl of dry silver sand to dust bathe in.
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Yeah they are messy I use newspaper, paper towel and wood shavings. I'm using a small chicken drinker and feeder seems to be ok. I have been putting in some chinchilla dust for them as they really enjoy a dust bath since the big feathers have come in I have heard play sand is ok for them too. Your quails look gorgeous I just hope I'm doing the right thing with them trying to get a good pic of cage but having trouble cutting it to size I will keep trying to get a pic of their cage. I will try the dry silver sand. My brown quail flew out my hand today straight back into it's cage 🤣 at least it went to it's home. The brown one is called Kiwi and the white one is Kiko Japanese for hope my 2 daughters named them the white one was really small when it hatched and that's why they called it Kiko 😁 every day they look different more and more feathers are coming in.
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