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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:45 am

I've seen people here in England out with ferrets wearing a chest harness and a dog lead. Is that an option with a skunk?
What does he eat, apart from prospective quail eggs?
Edit; it was the ferrets wearing the chest harness etc.......
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Sat Feb 28, 2015 3:04 pm

Yes, many people use harnesses with their skunks. Archie has what's called a lizard leash. It is a simple small rope type harness. The loop goes over his head and one end goes under and around his chest and hooks back on the top. I've tried regular dog harnesses and he wont tolerate the time and manipulation it take to get it one and secured. In the spring and the fall, I take him to walk at a park here. They have a visitor center and LOVE him coming to visit.

Skunks are omnivores. I order a pelleted exotic animal feed for him. I soften it and add vegetables, raw chicken, freeze dried meal worms and a regular gummy multi vitamin. I make his food in batches and freeze it. I also add yogurt or cottage cheese, or shredded cheese, it just depends on how I feel at the time :) I try to vary it. He loves fruit but doesn't get a lot of it as he doesn't need the extra carbs. Blueberries and watermelon are his favorites. He also loves crickets and grasshoppers.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:23 am

It is 4 days until my eggs should hatch! I stopped turning today and raised the humidity a bit. What are the chances that I saw one of these eggs move today on it's own?
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:39 am

Are you now on Day 12 then? Day 16 or 17 would be the expected hatch date so if so, it would be best to wait a couple more days before stopping the turning and getting the humidity too high. But if the temperature in the incubator has been a bit high, they may hatch a bit earlier. Day 12 is too early to see real twitching I would think.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Fri Mar 06, 2015 3:39 pm

Today, Friday, is day 15. I set them on Feb 20th and counted that as day 1.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Fri Mar 06, 2015 5:21 pm

The first 24 hours counts as Day 0 and Day 1 means they've been incubating for 24 hours. Like when a baby becomes 1 year old after his first 12 months is completed. So,that makes them Day 14 today. They should be still being turned for another 24-48 hours I think.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:24 pm

I'm turning, thank you!
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:26 pm

My eggs are hatching!!!!!!! I peeked at them at 8:30 this morning and nothing. at 12:15pm, there were 4 completely hatched! I can see pips and movement in several others!
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Marigold » Mon Mar 09, 2015 7:06 pm

How exciting! Have fun watching them! The peeping will encourage the others to hatch, they respond from within their shells. Leave them in the incubator for at least 12 hours after you think the last one has hatched, to dry off properly. They are nourished by the yolk sac for 24+ hours after hatching and don't need food straight away. Get the brooder well warmed up overnight, bedding as well, to the same temperature as the incubator so they don't experience a chill when they go in there tomorrow. Watch to see that they all have a drink, this is very important.
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Re: New to Quail

Post by Katlin » Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:37 pm

I have 10 chicks so far! I have the brooder warmed up and am monitoring the temperature. It is a clear plastic tub and my sweet skunk, Flowers, is laying right next to it enjoying the heat! To her it's like laying in front of a fire! My cat is very interested in the peeping coming from the incubator. I have pebbles in their water so they don't drown. I don't work until 2:30 pm tomorrow so I will lots of time to spend with them!!
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