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Lol! How about http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/ostrich/?
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Lol! How about http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/ostrich/?

Yeah that would really push the no-chicken ordinance to its limits! LOL! Not to mention my marriage. Believe it or not though, this is a local attraction.
http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=159

 

By the way, one of my chicks just earned itself "cull" status. It was chasing the others around and plucking out their feathers on purpose, like it was a game. They would squeek in pain and run away and then the mean one would pick on someone else. So now it's in solitary confinement within the bigger enclosure. I don't want any aggressive ones, and I was told by the breeder sometimes they have to cull for that reason.

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Yeah that would really push the no-chicken ordinance to its limits! LOL! Not to mention my marriage. Believe it or not though, this is a local attraction.
http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=159

By the way, one of my chicks just earned itself "cull" status. It was chasing the others around and plucking out their feathers on purpose, like it was a game. They would squeek in pain and run away and then the mean one would pick on someone else. So now it's in solitary confinement within the bigger enclosure. I don't want any aggressive ones, and I was told by the breeder sometimes they have to cull for that reason.

There's alway a brat in the bunch! They may need a little more protein or something extra to do so they don't get bored, like something to peck at (besides each other!). As long as there's no blood I wouldn't worry too much.
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There's alway a brat in the bunch! They may need a little more protein or something extra to do so they don't get bored, like something to peck at (besides each other!). As long as there's no blood I wouldn't worry too much.

I'll try that. They are getting 24% protein feed and started supplementing with the hard boiled eggs yesterday. I have pine shavings down and they love scratching and picking in it. I have shaken some feed into the shavings for them to have something to occupy their little brains. I also enlarged the enclosure yesterday. Not sure how else to make this one be nice. Maybe another day in solitary will make it forget its bad ways, but I've been seeing this one start picking at around 3-4 days old. (I marked it so I could observe it.)

 

In another week or so I'm going to try to water bottle train them. I heard it's a lot cleaner and easier. I also heard I will have to take each one and dip its beak into the water bottle so it will get the idea. They were afraid of the boiled egg until I made one try some. They are really not very smart, are they?

post #45 of 75
Hahaha NO. Not very smart. Have you tried giving them tried mealworms? They will go insane LOL!

Maybe they need a field trip outside?
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Hahaha NO. Not very smart. Have you tried giving them tried mealworms? They will go insane LOL!

Maybe they need a field trip outside?

I have to go get them some more food today and will pick up some dried mealworms. I still have to make their food really bite sized. Can you believe they have eaten almost 4 pounds of food already??!! I heard they slow down with eating once they are adults. It's a bit chilly for an outside visit just yet (supposed to keep them on heat for 3 weeks), but maybe I can pick some grass and bring it indoors for them. Good idea. I'll let the brat out and see if he's better with more entertainment.

 

They are so dumb, I think it's endearing. 

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The brat stopped being a brat. I think being in solitary might have made it forget how fun it was. I have not seen it do it since I took it out.

 

Here are a couple more photos of 2 days old and 9 days old, and one of how big some of them are compared to others. I was told by the breeder there may be some Jumbos mixed into the batch. I wonder if that explains why some are clearly bigger than others? Or maybe different sizes are normal?

 

2 days old

 

9 days old

Different sizes

post #48 of 75
Looks like the one in the front is jumbo just because his feet look so big LOL. So cute.
post #49 of 75
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11 days old! As soon as I get one out by itself it calms down and allows us to hold them. But all together they are little instinctive fear-driven creatures.

Notice how their bodies have grown by leaps and bounds but their heads are pretty much the same size?

 

 

Video of a feeding frenzy! Note the one that's upside down in the paper for awhile, and the one that got out of the enclosure and is hopping to get back on. LOL! 

 

Here's one of my other birds. :-)

AppleMark


Edited by USAmma - 10/21/13 at 9:37pm
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For anyone following this still here is a 15 day old chick. Of course it had to poop right before I took the photo-- they are very good at it! I had to clip their flight feathers tonight because they are starting to go airborne! I was afraid they might accidentally escape the coop and fly over the fence. They can hop up about 5-6 feet and fly several feet, and they are extremely skittish. But then after I hold one, they usually calm down. I have moved them outside to the coop during the daytime to enjoy our mild fall weather (high 80's). I can't wait to move them outdoors for good-- they really do smell bad indoors. :-(

 

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post #51 of 75

I know the response was kind of old but just wanted to let you know,.. There are special tips for arrows for hunting small game like quail and rabbit. The tips are about the size of a nickel and are blunt/flat. A shotgun just seems overkill for a quail!

 

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Make sure you have a hunting license!!

 

I've never known anyone to "hunt" quail with bow and arrow.  Most hunters use a shotgun.

 

And, please, learn how to clean a bird from an experienced hunter before you try it yourself.  Have respect for what you kill.

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I know the response was kind of old but just wanted to let you know,.. There are special tips for arrows for hunting small game like quail and rabbit. The tips are about the size of a nickel and are blunt/flat. A shotgun just seems overkill for a quail!
 

Thanks, I didn't know that!

 

We have multiple coveys of quail in our yard all the time.  In winter, they number well over a hundred and love the scratch and sunflower seed we put out daily (we go through over 500 lbs of sunflower seeds in a winter!).

 

There is a resident sharp-shinned hawk that views our property as its own personal bird buffet.  It has learned to fly through the front yard, scattering the birds in all directions.  Generally, one or two fly right into one of our living room windows and break their necks.  If it didn't grab a bird, Hawk then flies around, a second time and snatches a dead bird off the front porch!  Very clever, learned behavior.  It has a favorite raptor perch (we have put them all over our property) where we can watch it eat its meal.  So cool.

 

I love life in the country!

 

By the way, if the hawk skips out on the dead quail, we toss them up the hillside, for the coyotes or weasels, to find.  Waste not, want not, we have very healthy flora and fauna here!

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Thanks, I didn't know that!

 

We have multiple coveys of quail in our yard all the time.  In winter, they number well over a hundred and love the scratch and sunflower seed we put out daily (we go through over 500 lbs of sunflower seeds in a winter!).

 

There is a resident sharp-shinned hawk that views our property as its own personal bird buffet.  It has learned to fly through the front yard, scattering the birds in all directions.  Generally, one or two fly right into one of our living room windows and break their necks.  If it didn't grab a bird, Hawk then flies around, a second time and snatches a dead bird off the front porch!  Very clever, learned behavior.  It has a favorite raptor perch (we have put them all over our property) where we can watch it eat its meal.  So cool.

 

I love life in the country!

 

By the way, if the hawk skips out on the dead quail, we toss them up the hillside, for the coyotes or weasels, to find.  Waste not, want not, we have very healthy flora and fauna here!

That sounds like some awesome nature watching! Clever hawk indeed!

post #54 of 75
Oh so cute!! Wish I could raise some babies but since I just had a human baby a few days ago I think DH may not allow it. LOL

How are they smelling these days? :-P
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Oh so cute!! Wish I could raise some babies but since I just had a human baby a few days ago I think DH may not allow it. LOL

How are they smelling these days? :-P

Congrats on the baby!! I was wondering where you disappeared to. :-) What great news!!!! Edited to add I followed you to where you posted your baby's photo! So beautiful!

 

My babies are all moved outside so my nose is happy. 


Edited by USAmma - 10/30/13 at 9:55am
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Congrats on the baby!! I was wondering where you disappeared to. :-) What great news!!!! Edited to add I followed you to where you posted your baby's photo! So beautiful!

My babies are all moved outside so my nose is happy. 

Thanks! You should post some pics of your babies pecking and scratching outside! Have they started laying yet?
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They will be 3 weeks old on Thursday and they will hopefully start laying at age 6 weeks. Here's the thing though-- they are all feathered enough to tell what I have, and out of 14 babies I have 10 males!!! :eyesroll So I am going to the breeder/farmer guy on Friday night and he said he would trade my males for females. I did get some jumbo quail in the batch that are twice as heavy as the others.

 

So if I keep some males (the recommended proportion is no more than 1 male per 4 females), will it make the hens happier? And do I really want to deal with fertilized eggs which my husband is freaking about about and won't eat if there's any chance of that? Or do I just give up all my males and feel sad about it? A couple of them are very gentle and sweet and I hate to turn them over as food. But that's life. :-(

 

I'll post some photos in a couple of days-- I worked last night and will work again tomorrow. I slept most of the day and missed the sunlight. They seem very happy and are even walking up the ramp into the coop sometimes. I think it's mostly by accident though. 

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Here they are! I am surprised and pleased that some of them actually use the ramp. Most of them are either in the "bedroom" or underneath "bedroom" in an upside down box on the lower level because of the dog and me taking pics. Skittish little things! At night I shut them all up in the second story "bedroom" because it's 40-50 degrees at night. I won't worry so much when they are just a bit older.
Edited by USAmma - 10/31/13 at 3:02pm
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Adulthood! Hope to see eggs in about 2 weeks.

post #60 of 75
Someone's feathers are ruffled!!

Very cute. Are they tame?
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