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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Marigold » Sun Mar 03, 2019 2:26 pm

WOW! How wonderful! Are there any more that might be going to hatch?
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Margaid » Sun Mar 03, 2019 3:03 pm

The video is super! They're so tiny and cute.

Loved the way one of them popped out over the top of mum's wing!
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

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Post by Sandrine » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:13 pm

Oh it looks like I pressed the wrong button earlier as I am missing one post....

There were 8 eggs, 6 hatched and the last two won't i don't think.
One got squished behind the hut but was rescued on time and is fine now.
But then another got squished by me, despite being super careful.... I have chick-proofed the cage now so they are all safe and well looked after by Martha. They were climbing through the cage bars before but they can't do that anymore now...

https://youtu.be/pkYw3EG8jzI
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Sandrine » Sun Mar 03, 2019 7:14 pm

Oh I meant to say... About the size of a large bumblebee... That's about how big (small)they are ... !!
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by rick » Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:43 pm

Fantastic! What is Charlie making of it all?
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Sandrine » Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:00 am

Charley is so well behaved! He's looking after the whole family, goes and sits in the hut with Martha and the chicks. Brings her some mealworms when I treat them to some. He's very patient and doesn't bother Martha at all. Really lovely to watch the whole dynamic!
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Marigold » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:29 am

This is a first on here, it's really rare for quails to bond and successfully raise a family, well done. Are they eating chick crumb? Do they have any overhead heating so they can explore beyond the limits of the nest?
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Sandrine » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:44 pm

I have done a 1 week old video and will put the link below.
Yes they are eating chick crumbs for Quails chicks now, but I have just received it on Wednesday so for the first 3 days they had crushed layers pellets mixed with crushed meal worms. I still add crushed meal worms to their food too as they seem to really like it.
We are down to 4 chicks since Thursday morning because one maneged to go through the bars through the smallest gap he'd managed to find.... I spent half hour Thursday morning putting masking tape a strong paper over all gaps I could find... Making me late for work!
They don't have an overhead headlamp but they are venturing out of the nest anyway. They still follow Martha closely and they still spend a lot of time under her wings, whether in the nest or in the sand bath or anywhere else actually... At night Charley often joins them so it looks like we have a gigantic quail with two heads and a little head peeps out every now and then.

The video is not great, but I didn't want to spook them too much...

https://youtu.be/CI-MWw3j5mU
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Re: Broody Chinese Painted Quail

Post by Sandrine » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:13 pm

A slightly better video though taken through the netting ...

https://youtu.be/DRYCjNikKQw
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