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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 7:46 pm 
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1st Quail hatched 7.40pm tonight. OMG they are sooooo small.

I'm scared he will fall through the cracks in the incubator tray... OMG


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 9:08 pm 
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Hi There "Guinea Fowel"
I am intrigued with these little babies.... :hmmm:
I place paper towel or a soft flannel cloth on the mesh in my incubator, it help's them get up and get going....
I cannot fathom how small they must be but in saying that apparently they grow like "Triffid"s" :rofl: :aaargh:
Now I am giving away my age having read the book :whist
I have a lot of chicks (chookies) due out on the 31st so once I get them up and going I will seriously look at these little critters.
As I said "hatching is always exciting"
I am like a "midwife in a maternity ward" checking my babies when they hatch....

I will have to see some pics...
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:56 pm 
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It's all happening - very exciting. GF I replied your PM but it seems to be sitting in the outbox, will check in the morning that it went okay.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 7:09 am 
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Update 4am this morning. I can see around 10 little babies racing around in the incubator..

Some are brown in color and others are yellow.. Are the yellow ones a different breed??

The brown ones look like the photo Grabby has posted, so assuming these are Japanese quail..

Any ideas on the yellow ones??

I'll try and get a photo tonight when I transfer them to the brooder tank...

I'm a bit scared to pick them up, they are so tiny.. I don't want to hurt them or crush them..

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:52 pm 
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Japanese quail come in a HUGE range of patterns & colours... the yellow ones will turn out to have a white or pale background feather.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:26 pm 
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Thanks Winglet, I will try to post a photo of them later.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 6:14 pm 
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6pm - 14 Babies so far. I can still here at least another 1 pecking in the egg..

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They are very active and as fast as lightning. Cute little fellows.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:12 pm 
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Grabby I did send you a PM tonight but they seem to stick in the outbox for ages, (the answer is yes).

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:40 pm 
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cool Poss, i got it.

pm's sit in your outbox 'til the person picks up their message.

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Is the one front left getting around OK? I noticed that it has its wings spread but perhaps it may just be an action shot.

Lovely pic & glad you had a successful hatch. :-)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:51 am 
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Yes they are all scooping around flat out. Hard to take a good photo of them.

Some of them are going so fast their little legs cant keep up with them and they do a few tumbles, but get straight up and keep on running.

They are crazier than little Guinea Keets... Never thought I'd say that!!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:48 am 
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They are soooo cute :morebow
I thought my chicks were busy brains but these guy's sound like lightning on two legs.
It never get's boring hatching.... :thumbs:
Great pics...
They are so tiny.....
You are going great guns for a "Amateur Quail Person needing help" :woot: :woot:
I am the same with every hatch "Always anticipating the next baby out"
Are they noisy little critters?
Enjoy your babies... :yess


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Yes they are all scooping around flat out. Hard to take a good photo of them.


I am pleased to know that. :-) I did warn you!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:31 am 
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Final count is 15 babies. Some brown, 1 completely yellow, and the others are a darker yellow color with black stripes.

They all look to be happy and healthy and getting around fine. No splayed legs, or bent toes. They are eating and drinking heaps. Messy little things!! and they insist on sleeping in their feed bowl..

They have grown a lot in just 1 day and they are very friendly, they will run up to me when I put my hand in the brooder to change the water or put feed in, not scared at all... Unlike Guinea Keets who are scared of their own shadow and a bit psycho..

They will be with me for another week, so I think it is going to be an interesting and fast paced week...


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:22 am 
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Hi There
You sound like you are having a ball with your babies... :thumbs:
I am seriously considering these fluff ball's. :yess


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