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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:34 am

Be very careful when you take the top off the incubator to try to transfer them, as they are incredibly mobile and strong and will have a tendency to explode everywhere. All cats and skunks out of the room first, I think.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:36 pm

Oh yes, I closed the room off last night. I've transferred them into the brooder with no problems and several of them are interested in the food and water. Now they are sleeping.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:18 pm

Well done, how interesting. How many hatched in the end, and how many did you actually incubate? Are yours all the same colour at the moment!
I love the way they just flop down flat, legs splayed out, and are suddenly asleep, apparently dead, and then they leap up and run around just as instantly.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:44 pm

I had 10 hatch yesterday. 1 died today. Today is the actual hatch date, so I am leaving the other 14 (24 total incubated) in the incubator for another day or 2 to see if I get anymore to hatch. I'm disappointed that only 10 of the 24 have hatched. I was hoping for at least 50%.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:45 am

4 more have hatched tonight! :-)
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:17 am

I had a total of 14 hatch. 1 died shortly after going into the brooder. I've had 3 that just never seem to get their legs underneath them, I have lost 2 of those and looks like I am going to lose the 3rd. Why does this happen and what can I do about it? My hatch is slowly dwindling..... :(
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:34 am

Did they have a grippy surface under their feet in the incubator when they hatched? If left on smooth plastic in the first hours, chicks sometimes develop splayed legs whilst they're drying out and this can be permanent.
Is there any sign of blood in their poo, which might indicate coccidiosis? Try to keep everything as dry and clean as possible as the cocci oocysts multiply rapidly in warm damp conditions.
Are the rest of them lively, eating and pooing well? Not much else you can do to help tiny chicks, I'm afraid, but the fittest will survive.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:01 pm

Thanks. I lost 2 more. Both never got their legs under them. They had wire in the incubator and pine bedding in the brooder. I've been changing their bedding daily. It makes me sad.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by rick » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:52 pm

Sorry to hear Katlin. At least those that made it over the first hurdle should be strong so onwards and upwards!
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:19 am

I bought an egg turner for my incubator and am going to get 48 more eggs. With the way things are going, I ought to have enough birds for eggs in about 2017. :-)19
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