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post #21 of 75
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We lost two of them last night -- not sure what happened but they were dead this morning. Ah well, part of life. 

 

Edited: one was still alive and I'm trying to nurse it back to health  . . . wow the drama in our house! 


Edited by USAmma - 10/12/13 at 9:50am
post #22 of 75
:-(

I'm sorry! I guess that's why the mamas lay so many eggs. Darn nature. :-(

You're a good quail mommy. <3
post #23 of 75
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aww thanks. My 12yo is really getting into the quail and checking on them every 2 minutes. Will post more pics of the survivors soon. They grew overnight! I couldn't believe it!

post #24 of 75
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quail cuteness from tonight. That one looked dead but it was just sleeping weird. One of my parrots was trying to get my attention and that's what you hear in the background.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T25el7jcupM&feature=youtu.be

post #25 of 75
Yay!!! So cute! Love their little cheep cheeps. <3
post #26 of 75
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They have all survived and a few of them are way bigger than the others. The breeder had mentioned there may be some jumbos in the batch. Several are starting to try to hop up and flap their wings. One I think is trying to crow. It's too funny. My aunt and uncle saw my post on Facebook about it and they think I'm nuts. I am a little bit nuts, but I guess that's what makes me want to go against the grain and try stuff like this. 

 

Oh, and they really, really stink!! I will be happy when they are big enough to move outside. grossedout.gif  I change their cage paper every 12 hours but it could probably be done more often than that. I don't know how people can keep flocks and flocks of them in their garages like I have seen on-line.

post #27 of 75
That's just the smell of love LOL. Sounds like you are earning your status as "Crazy Quail Lady" which is awesome! I heard that quail grow really fast. I think they start laying really soon too.
post #28 of 75
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That's just the smell of love LOL. Sounds like you are earning your status as "Crazy Quail Lady" which is awesome! I heard that quail grow really fast. I think they start laying really soon too.

The smell of love! Too funny! 

 

They start laying at 6 weeks of age-- they are like the mice of the bird world. I was told by 3 weeks old I would be able to tell male and females by crowing and/or chest markings, but some start crowing way earlier than that.

post #29 of 75
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They are getting really big all of a sudden! But I have to say, they are about the dumbest creatures I have ever encountered. Very instinctive. I was missing one today when I went to clean the cage. I found it stuck in the empty jar of the feeder, peeping in distress. The old saying "Can't think their way out of a paper bag" really applies.

post #30 of 75
They don't call it "bird brain" for nothing!!! LOL
post #31 of 75

I have been considering trying to trap the quail that run through my yard but I would feel terrible if I took a mama away from her babies.  Is there a better time of the year to do this or do they breed al year long?  I'm in FL, no winter here.

 

If I did catch them, I would want to keep some for eggs, eat some, and hopefully breed the layers for more eggs and meat.  Is that even possible?

post #32 of 75
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I have been considering trying to trap the quail that run through my yard but I would feel terrible if I took a mama away from her babies.  Is there a better time of the year to do this or do they breed al year long?  I'm in FL, no winter here.

 

If I did catch them, I would want to keep some for eggs, eat some, and hopefully breed the layers for more eggs and meat.  Is that even possible?

I'm no expert here, but I know there are laws against keeping wild animals. For example Gambel's Quail are native to my area and very plentiful. But it is against the law to own them because they are a native species. It is also illegal to kill them if it's not quail hunting season. Maybe call your local fish and game department to see what laws there may be. Especially if you plan to kill and eat them.

 

Not sure what species of quail are in your area. I know that the kind I have are domesticated and bred to be good egg layers and meat providers. Not sure how the native quail would compare and if it would be worth it to keep them. Also they may not be as happy as domesticated quail being kept in a pen.

 

I easily found several quail breeders in my area through Craigslist, and I paid $3 each for my babies. I have since found a guy closer that will sell me babies for $2 each, and will give me $1 credit to trade in my male quail for another batch of babies. It was a simple thing to start up.

post #33 of 75
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I have been considering trying to trap the quail that run through my yard but I would feel terrible if I took a mama away from her babies.  Is there a better time of the year to do this or do they breed al year long?  I'm in FL, no winter here.

If I did catch them, I would want to keep some for eggs, eat some, and hopefully breed the layers for more eggs and meat.  Is that even possible?

The quail in your yard are wild so I'm thinking you won't have the kind of experience you are looking for, especially if you want them for eggs. You could eat them I suppose! But they will be extremely difficult to handle or keep for any amount of time I would think. If I were you I would get some coturnix quail and raise them. :-)
post #34 of 75
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I have been considering trying to trap the quail that run through my yard but I would feel terrible if I took a mama away from her babies.  Is there a better time of the year to do this or do they breed al year long?  I'm in FL, no winter here.

 

If I did catch them, I would want to keep some for eggs, eat some, and hopefully breed the layers for more eggs and meat.  Is that even possible?

 

Nope, don't do it.  It is illegal.  If caught, you'll be fined way more than it would cost you to buy the birds.

 

No, no, no. nono.gif

post #35 of 75
I think it depends on what state you live in and where you live in that state (city limits or county) on whether or not it is legal. I am not for killing quail (heck I can't even kill a spider) but I do think it depends where you live regarding the legality of trapping and eating them.
post #36 of 75
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photos of 2 days old and 1 week old side by side! chicken3.gif running from the camera. They LOVE hard boiled egg.

 

 

 

post #37 of 75
OMG growing so fast!! I had this funny thought of them just growing and growing until you find out they are actually emus LOL!!!
post #38 of 75
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OMG growing so fast!! I had this funny thought of them just growing and growing until you find out they are actually emus LOL!!!

They do look a little bit like emus! My dh would freak! He's being awfully supportive of this whole endeavor including keeping the quail in our master bathroom until they are old enough to go outside. But everyone has their limits.

post #39 of 75
LOL. I want an emu so bad!!
post #40 of 75
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Imagine how bad the poop would smell until they are old enough to go outside! 

 

and you would have to buy a gigantic feeder!

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