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They are simply lovely, aren’t they? Well done for taming them, not many people manage this with coturnix as they’re naturally such flighty birds. For their own protection, being birds that normally live most of the time on the ground, their instinct is to fly up vertically when alarmed. I wouldn’t advise playing with them out of a cage out of doors as you might well not be able to recapture them when they flew off.
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They are lovely I love all the little sounds they make it's such a relaxing sound. We let them run about the living room every day but I would never do this outdoors without a run so that they are safe. :)
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My white quail was cooing what does this mean and the male was mating with it he was very gentle the white one didn't fight at all. 🤔
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I have more eggs coming can't wait 🥰 new wee chicks. My white one definitely a female so I need more females for my male. 😊
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Well done! What sort of incubator do you have? Does it have the ability to turn small quail eggs? Have you completely disinfected it after the last batch?
Does it have a humidity indicator?
(It needs to be 45% humidity or preferably below which may well mean there’s no need to add any water in the UK in winter. Maybe top it up a bit on Day 16 to make sure it’s humid enough to help them hatch but don’t overdo it. Quail eggs are so tiny that moisture easily soaks through the shell and the chicks can drown in the egg.
How accurate is the temperature control? It’s good to have a second, good-quality thermometer that you place inside the incubator to see if it agrees with the one in the inci itself.
Get the incubator up and running ASAP, ie now, so that it gets thoroughly warm before the eggs arrive and gives you a chance to check humidity and temperature.
Prepare a clean cotton cloth, cut to size and shape, before you put the eggs in, for the chicks to hatch on when you remove the turning tray on Day 16. They need a soft but grippy surface for their little legs because at first their legs are too weak to support them properly and on a slippery hard surface they may shoot out sideways and then get a condition called ‘spraddle leg’ and never walk properly. Get this ready beforehand do you don’t have to open the inci for any longer than you can help when removing the egg tray and inserting the cloth.
When the eggs arrive, let them rest for a couple of days in an egg box to let them settle after going through the post. They should be clean. If any are very dirty I would reject them as they will shed harmful bacteria in the incubator which may transfer to the eggs or to the chicks when they hatch and are drying off. It’s best not to wash them as this removes the natural protective coating on the shell and lets bacteria in through its porous surface.
How many eggs have you ordered? Fertility may not be great at this time of year as the health and vitality of the parent birds is greatly affected by whether there’s enough natural sunlight, so some may not hatch whatever you do. But if you’re careful with all the other aspects you should get at least a few more chicks.
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SEAAN automatic incubator it turns the eggs automatically. I have got 6 eggs coming if I get a few more females I will be happy as my male is calling all the time. I will give the incubator a good clean again and get it set up thank you for good advice 🤞🏻:)
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Where are the eggs coming from? If from a small private breeder with only a few birds, they may be of different ages as it might take a day or two to collect enough. This wouldn’t affect hatching times but might affect viability as the fresher the better. The post isn’t great at the moment either, which might add a day or two. Let us know when they come.
Maybe your incubator already has a textured surface for them to hatch on? It doesn’t have to have a cotton lining but if you do use one, you can throw it away afterwards which helps with biosecurity.
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They are coming from down south they are proper breeders they have about 100 quail. They have a 75% hatching rate. My incubator has a hatching floor on it.
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HELP!!!!! My male quail is pecking my females head and tried to attack my daughter trying to buy female quails today and hopefully it will calm him down. 😥😥😥
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