She is is doing a sterling job looking after them
I have closed the back of the smallest part it makes more private and better for nesting...
None of the other eggs are going to hatch so I will remove them.
I had to rescue one of them twice today. He'd climbed on to the huts and managed to get between the bars and fell on the floor... He's ok though, and still running around.
I was supposed to have received some chick crumbs yesterday but they haven't come so instead I have given them some layers pellets made into a mash, and some crumbled meal worms... Well the worms didn't last two minutes with the little greedy chicks! Lol
I have removed them now because she is very busy with the four chicks already, and simply isn't interested in the rest of the eggs, in fact she's using the other hut now.
I couldn't resist and check the eggs I had removed, and they were all fertile.... I can't imagine what it would have been like if they had all hatched!! And more could have done. Bernadette sat on them a couple of days or more with Martha...
Penny has been sat on eggs too for a couple days - well Martha and the muffins were in the nest this evening actually - relieving Penny perhaps? Lol
I am not 100% sure because it's still way too early to tell, but if my experience and knowledge serves me right, we may have 2 girls and 2 boys.
We've just come back from 2 weeks away.... And I would love to know what's happened to our baby quails
Here is a video update and it took me a good hour or so to differentiate the four young ones from the parents and the four young ones from each other.!!
Altogether they really are not as panicky as they used to be. The one that I have identified as a definite boy is actually quite curious and will venture near me when I feed them or clean up the sand box.
I absolutely love the confirmed boy, with his blue tinted feathers. I think at least one other will soon be confirmed a boy. All four aren't quite fully feathered yet. A tiny bit of yellow fuzz on the heads of a couple of them, bare or spiky back with some baby feathers also...
They really haven't got as much space as what they have been used to, but none of them seem to mind. They always seem to stay as a bunch. Once I know for sure which are boys or girls, I will be able to separate them and advertise them for sale - although if I can keep the blue boy, I will!