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HandsomeRyan
March 21st, 2015, 09:25 PM
I got some coturnix quail eggs a couple weeks ago and they hatched last night and this morning.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1351_zpsdfbzwcom.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1351_zpsdfbzwcom.jpg.html)

Wiggles is very fascinated by watching the little "baby chicken**" hop around in the incubator while we wait for it to dry off enough to be put into the brooder.

**Coturnix quail are not chickens, but a 13 month old doesn't know the difference and they look close enough to Daddy's full sized chickens in the back yard that we just call them that.

We started with 12 eggs and had 9 hatch although one died shortly after hatching. 8 of 12 is not a bad hatch/survival rate though. I'm very happy with how things have gone so far. Quail grow ridiculously fast and reach sexual maturity at 8 weeks. Theoretically, a quail mom and dad could become great-great-great-great-grandparents within a year.

Quail are kept as pets, for eggs, for meat, or for use in training hunting dogs. Mine will probably be used for the first 3 of those things.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1356_zpsadopuabs.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1356_zpsadopuabs.jpg.html)

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1354_zpseny2msic.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1354_zpseny2msic.jpg.html)

This is the brooder I built with reclaimed materials, mostly wood from shipping pallets. The brooder is basically a box with a heat lamp which keeps the babies warm until their feathers grow in.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1170_zpshoqk8jqx.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1170_zpshoqk8jqx.jpg.html)

shirleyknot
March 21st, 2015, 09:37 PM
I used to incubate chicken, duck and turkey eggs for food. The hatchlings of any species is pretty darling.

kimsophia
March 21st, 2015, 09:39 PM
Wow, Wiggles is lucky to have such an awesome dad! :D

SuzyQue
March 21st, 2015, 09:39 PM
Looks like spring has sprung! Adorable!

Jean Sewing Machine
March 21st, 2015, 09:56 PM
So adorable! I hear those little quail are fast little dickens if they escape! I've seen them run across the road after their momma when I lived in the country,

Good to see you on the forum, Ryan! We miss you and Wiggles! Tabatha, also!

I hatched chicken eggs in my first grade classroom many years. The look on the kids' faces when those baby chicks popped out was priceless!

RFREE
March 21st, 2015, 10:00 PM
I insisted on buying an incubater when my DD was 4 (12 years ago) because I wanted her to witness a baby chicken hatching because most kids now a days don't even know chickens come from eggs!LOL I have her on a video watching an egg hatch and she was so excited.Can't get that anywhere else ya know? I think it is wonderful the way you are raising your son. I wish more kids could have this. I think it teaches them so much and makes them better people in the long run.
Thanks for posting.

Sheep Farmer
March 21st, 2015, 10:03 PM
Oh! How cute!
I used to raise quail as pets. They were just so fun to have running around. I kept mine in an aviary along with the parrots I was raising. Such fun.


I like your brooder. Nice job.
Yep! Spring is in the air!!! http://yoursmiles.org/ssmile/fun/s0221.gif

BobW
March 21st, 2015, 10:10 PM
Ryan,

So glad to see you raising quail. I was in Jr. High School before I knew most people have turkey for Thanksgiving. We always had quail. There used to be large numbers of quail around this part of the country. Farms being bought up and combined into Mega-farms and clearing the fence rows and such did away with their natural cover.

My dad raised quail to train his bird dogs (setters) for a number of years. They are cute. I wish they would repopulate our part of the world. The last couple of years we were on our farm we had a covey of quail that lived on the farm with us (my ex-wife and me). We sold the farm in 2008.

Hulamoon
March 21st, 2015, 10:12 PM
I live across from a cow pasture and they have been coming out a lot lately. Then four peacocks were roaming and an owl was in the yard yesterday. I have an aviary lately!

I forgot to say how cute the picures are:)

Simply Quilting
March 21st, 2015, 10:13 PM
Thanks for the pictures. They look adorable.

bscuzz
March 21st, 2015, 10:40 PM
Your little guy sure looks fascinated - a great lesson and something he'll always remember.

When I was about 10 yrs old, my daddy took me to the 'feed store' and we bought 100 baby chicks (baby dibs, we called 'em). We took huge heavy-duty cardboard boxes (the size of a refrig box, but heavier), strung up huge lights for the heat 'n kept them in our basement till they got so big they were jumping outta their boxes. Together, we then built an extra large chicken coop/house and raised those chickens - for a while I sold eggs to the neighbors - - till daddy made me chip in to buy the chicken feed!!!

In short, twas the best lessons I've ever learned and at 10 years of age - how to care for helpless baby dibs; constructing a chicken coop; learning a little commerce and lastly, all business has 'overhead'!!!

bubba
March 22nd, 2015, 01:23 AM
I love quails, their looks, I don't eat them! But the cutest is your boy!!

I read something interesting this past week about using pallets. The wood is quite often treated or has chemicals on it. I'm sure you checked, but in case you didn't you might want to as it could kill your birds or make them sick.

We have quail up at our lake place....they look so funny when they bop around w/the little feathers on their heads.

snippet
March 22nd, 2015, 01:31 AM
I love it! What a great lesson Wiggles is getting.

Quail are good eating, not much meat, but still good. I've been on a few quail hunts when I was a kid. I probably scared off more than I shot though.

I remember being at my aunt's home after she bought a bunch of chicks. There would be boxes everywhere with heat lamps on top keeping the chicks warm. It was so much fun to play with them, not much to help clean the boxes and feed them. LOL

Are ya going to hatch more Ryan? 8 won't give you much meat.

HandsomeRyan
March 22nd, 2015, 06:43 AM
I read something interesting this past week about using pallets. The wood is quite often treated or has chemicals on it. I'm sure you checked, but in case you didn't you might want to as it could kill your birds or make them sick.


Pallets used for international shipping are treated with chemicals but pallets used for domestic shipping are heat treated in a kiln and have an "HT" burned or stamped into them. I've actually never seen a chemically treated pallet as I believe a lot of them are returned for reuse vs. the heat treated type which are the common pallets the average consumer sees. All this wood was marked "HT" and was not treated with any chemicals.

If you are planning to use pallet wood for a project but are unsure if it is suitable, the stamp looks something like this (http://www.kampsinc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/HT-STAMP-2.jpg).

LRM
March 22nd, 2015, 11:15 AM
I hatched chicken eggs in my first grade classroom many years. The look on the kids' faces when those baby chicks popped out was priceless!

I went to primary school in Denton, TX and my first grade teacher lived on a farm outside town. She had chickens in our classroom that hatched right there! I had never seen anything like it! It is one of my fondest memories of grade school. Undoubtedly your students feel the same!

bubba
March 22nd, 2015, 02:11 PM
Phew!! We have lots of the foreign ones here, because of the port. The only thing we ever use them for is stacking firewood on up at the lake, but I know people who made headboards out of some and they got very ill. I figured you would know the difference!!

K. McEuen
March 22nd, 2015, 02:49 PM
Those are cute! A while back someone out here had miniature Chinese button quail listed on Craig's list. I had no clue what they looked like since I'd only ever seen regular quail. The ad is still there. Miniature Chinese Button Quail (http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/pet/4889535853.html)

They want 5 bucks a chick. You could get rich as fast as you say they breed.

Neller
March 22nd, 2015, 03:22 PM
We had a covey of quail that have been running through our yard for about a year. There were three adults and a dozen little chicks...so cute! I hope we see a new crop of babies this year.

Blondie
March 23rd, 2015, 06:43 AM
Ryan, I was happy before I found your post here but I am positively GLOWING now. Love your brooder, the babies but have really missed Wiggles, Tabitha and YOU. Big hugs and happy Spring, sweetie pie.



I got some coturnix quail eggs a couple weeks ago and they hatched last night and this morning.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1351_zpsdfbzwcom.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1351_zpsdfbzwcom.jpg.html)

Wiggles is very fascinated by watching the little "baby chicken**" hop around in the incubator while we wait for it to dry off enough to be put into the brooder.

**Coturnix quail are not chickens, but a 13 month old doesn't know the difference and they look close enough to Daddy's full sized chickens in the back yard that we just call them that.

We started with 12 eggs and had 9 hatch although one died shortly after hatching. 8 of 12 is not a bad hatch/survival rate though. I'm very happy with how things have gone so far. Quail grow ridiculously fast and reach sexual maturity at 8 weeks. Theoretically, a quail mom and dad could become great-great-great-great-grandparents within a year.

Quail are kept as pets, for eggs, for meat, or for use in training hunting dogs. Mine will probably be used for the first 3 of those things.

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1356_zpsadopuabs.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1356_zpsadopuabs.jpg.html)

http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1354_zpseny2msic.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1354_zpseny2msic.jpg.html)

This is the brooder I built with reclaimed materials, mostly wood from shipping pallets. The brooder is basically a box with a heat lamp which keeps the babies warm until their feathers grow in.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h170/HandsomeRyan/IMAG1170_zpshoqk8jqx.jpg (http://s64.photobucket.com/user/HandsomeRyan/media/IMAG1170_zpshoqk8jqx.jpg.html)

Iris Girl
March 23rd, 2015, 06:54 AM
Wiggles looks totally enthralled with what he is seeing. He is getting such a good hands on from both of you. Its awesome and something you don't see a lot of these days. Keep up the great job and keep the pictures coming we love them.

Monique
March 23rd, 2015, 07:57 AM
Cute......................

songbird857
March 23rd, 2015, 08:29 AM
So cute! Wiggles is at a great age for discovering all of these new things :)

WendyI
March 23rd, 2015, 09:35 AM
How cute is that!? And Wiggles is getting so big! Wow! Adorable. He will have a lot of fun chasing those wee birdies around! What a lucky kid to have such a great dad!

maxwellthecat
March 24th, 2015, 02:13 AM
They are so adorable