Wildlife:Quail Babies, so cute, doing Fine!

Container to house baby chicks, simple & inexpensive.

The baby quail began to hach on the exact day we expected!
The baby quail began to hach on the exact day we expected!
Within one hour we had three of the babies hopping around the eggs.  We only take the babies out two or three times a day so the temp. stays consistent for the other eggs.
Within one hour we had three of the babies hopping around the eggs. We only take the babies out two or three times a day so the temp. stays consistent for the other eggs.
I use a Puppie training paper to keep the bottom of their bin easy to clean but any liner material can be used. Even paper towels or clean recycled paper.
I use a Puppie training paper to keep the bottom of their bin easy to clean but any liner material can be used. Even paper towels or clean recycled paper.
Clear plastic bins work really well because you can see the chicks from all directions. Notice the water container with pebbles to prevent chicks from drowning.
Clear plastic bins work really well because you can see the chicks from all directions. Notice the water container with pebbles to prevent chicks from drowning.
You can see the cardboard with holes in the left top of the pictue.  The chicks follow the light.
You can see the cardboard with holes in the left top of the pictue. The chicks follow the light.
Chicks follow the light, which can cause problems, you need to cover the light bulb without creating a fire hazard, if you use an ordinary hardware store variety heat lamp with a "cone-shaped" cover, there is enough room between the lightbulb and the
Chicks follow the light, which can cause problems, you need to cover the light bulb without creating a fire hazard, if you use an ordinary hardware store variety heat lamp with a "cone-shaped" cover, there is enough room between the lightbulb and the
After four weeks the chicks will begin to grow quickly.  That's another story!  Stay in touch...!
After four weeks the chicks will begin to grow quickly. That's another story! Stay in touch...!

The infant quail have grown, age three weeks!

At three weeks old they are conditioning to be outside in one-two weeks, they can be outside in an old rabbit hutch or small chicken coop by six weeks old.
At three weeks old they are conditioning to be outside in one-two weeks, they can be outside in an old rabbit hutch or small chicken coop by six weeks old.
When the baby Quail are 1 day old, you could fit one hundred chicks into a shoe box!  But don't,  they need space to run around, they grow quickly and eat and drink often.
When the baby Quail are 1 day old, you could fit one hundred chicks into a shoe box! But don't, they need space to run around, they grow quickly and eat and drink often.
Baby Quail seek the heat of the lamp, be sure to position it so they won't be burned.  Keep the heat of their container at 90 degrees at first, then reduce by five degrees each week.
Baby Quail seek the heat of the lamp, be sure to position it so they won't be burned. Keep the heat of their container at 90 degrees at first, then reduce by five degrees each week.

Environmental re-population of Quail in our backyard Habitat

I'm finally getting the system down, these babies are so adorable, and so easy to care for, I have learned short cuts to food preparation and valuable help aids to keep them safe.

You can order Quail by email or phone in two ways, unhatched eggs or 1-5 days old hatched chicks. Quail eggs take 22-24 days to hatch, depending on species/breed of Quail, you should research which species of Quail naturally live in your area to ensure their survival in the wild. Some people sell their eggs for suishi or the quail for meat, but my purpose is for replentishing the environment only. The Quail are sent by mail and you usually pick them up at the post office due to special handling.

If you order Quail eggs, you must have an incubator already set to temperature when they arrive. Purchased incubators are already set to temperature, you add a bit of water in a recepticle and plug it in to wait for your eggs. If you prefer to build your own incubator I have websites that describe how, not too complicated, in fact, Quail eggs are so tiny, people have had success using an old electric frying pan with a cover that has an accurate temperature select knob to incubate their eggs!

If you order Quail chicks, you are in for a treat! You get a small box of chirping babies, waiting at the post office, only you must be available to pick them up as soon as they arrive. The trip can be stressful so you need to give them Grogel Plus B, before taking them out of the box. Grogel Plus B is a super hydrating gel, costs under two dollars and can feed up to 400 Quail chicks, it comes in a tiny package less than three inches square, you mix it with water, it looks like green or blue jello. This gel rehydrates the babies after their trip and treats any anxiety they may have. Then they can be moved into their container and given water and food. There is a probiotic formula in the gel that helps their digestion and helps keep them healthy. Take the gel out of their container after 24 hours. First trick! Save the box they are shipped in, I cut the box and use the sides that have holes to cover the heat lamps so the chicks can't bump into the hot light bulbs, and reduce the stimulation of the direct light. They need the heat but the light keeps them too alert and they sometime start fighting when they get overstimulated, sometimes trampling the smaller babies.

Here are some more valuable tricks I have learned doing this hatchling release process three times now... 1) Besure to turn the eggs three times a day, put an X on one side and an O on the other to keep track of which you have turned, if you can't be available to turn the eggs, purchase an inexpensive egg turner, which automatically keeps the eggs rotating. 2) If you order live chicks, they are subject to drowning, they don't understand about water, so use a shallow plastic container and put sanitized pebbles inside so they have to stick their beaks between the rocks to find the water. If they get too wet they could die from shock, don't use cold water. Keep the water on the opposite side of the heat lamp so they don't fall asleep in the water and to prevent the heat lamp from evaporating the water too quickly. They also love a handful of salad mix or lettuce, or spinach each day. It's the funniest thing to watch the chicks eating their greens, they are always acting clownish and getting into situations.




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Habitats for Your New Hobby!

Lots of habitats are available online, this is an example of one that can be used all year round, just add a heat lamp inside during the extremely cold months, depending on the breeds you have, some do not need heat in the winter.
Lots of habitats are available online, this is an example of one that can be used all year round, just add a heat lamp inside during the extremely cold months, depending on the breeds you have, some do not need heat in the winter.

Watch baby duckling hatch in little Jamie's Hand!

New Rare Baby Ducklings Hatching Today!

   Duck eggs
Duck eggs
   12 eggs beginning to pip
12 eggs beginning to pip
 First two ducklings have hatched.
First two ducklings have hatched.
   Rare and unusual these    ducklings have black down, black beeks and black webbed feet.
Rare and unusual these ducklings have black down, black beeks and black webbed feet.

Cutest newborn ducklings you will find anywhere!

These ducklings can swim at three days old!
These ducklings can swim at three days old!
Black downy feathers, black beaks and black little feet.  As they get older they develop amazing colors!
Black downy feathers, black beaks and black little feet. As they get older they develop amazing colors!

New additions to the Wildlife Habitat, Angels' Rest

Just hours ago, twelve duckling eggs began to "pip" in our small incubator. These are rare and beautiful Cayuega ducklings, known to be very quiet and a smaller than an average sized duck. The ducklings have black down, shiney black beeks and black webbed feet. These photos were just taken as the eggs are beginning to hatch and the wet little ducklings begin their lives. As they grow their beaks and feet change to orange and their wing feathers become jet black with peacock green and deep purple edges. Seeing them in the sunlight is the most thrilling experience. Children really enjoy watching these ducklings go through changes! http://hubpages.com/_080109myguys/user/new





Baby Quail see the new babies hatching below in this Hub!

I have three generations of baby Quail growing currently, six weeks old chicks hatched from eggs, four week olds shipped to me at one day old through the post office, and new babies hatching from their eggs! (see below)

 

Inexpensive; easy ways to feed your chicks

Any items you have in your kitchen can be used but I happened to have an old Black & Decker Grinder that grinds small amounts which is perfect.
Any items you have in your kitchen can be used but I happened to have an old Black & Decker Grinder that grinds small amounts which is perfect.
I cut hard boiled eggs in half with the shell still on.  Chicks need the shells for calcium.  Then put the two halves into the grinder.  I store each egg in a sanwich baggie in the refriderator, one for each day.
I cut hard boiled eggs in half with the shell still on. Chicks need the shells for calcium. Then put the two halves into the grinder. I store each egg in a sanwich baggie in the refriderator, one for each day.
I grind the poultry food after the eggs are finished to reduce cleaning time.  I store the feed separately from the eggs to prevent the feed getting spoiled.  I mix the egg and feed together in the storage bag until it is time to feed.
I grind the poultry food after the eggs are finished to reduce cleaning time. I store the feed separately from the eggs to prevent the feed getting spoiled. I mix the egg and feed together in the storage bag until it is time to feed.

What food should you use for Quail?

Use an old grinder like a coffee bean grinder or one of those tiny Black & Decker garlic grinders to grind the poultry feed and hard boiled eggs before you mix them. They will not waste a drop of food if you grind it for them. 4) Do not let your pets startle the babies at first, they get stressed easily the first week or so.

You can purchase very inexpensive poultry feed which can be mixed with hardboiled eggs that have been growned up with their shells on. Also fish or meat kitten food has enough fat and protein to replace the hard boiled eggs. Don't use cat food, it has less of what they babies need. My feedstore sells a 50 pound bag for less than $14.oo, as you can imagine it lasts a really long time with these teenie birds!



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Maturing California Quail become plump and colorful

As the baby California Quail mature they turn different shades of blue and black markings deepen, their "dingle-berries" become more promenent on top of their delicate heads.
As the baby California Quail mature they turn different shades of blue and black markings deepen, their "dingle-berries" become more promenent on top of their delicate heads.

The Baby Quail are growing quickly!

You can see that repositioning the light/heat source, causes the babies to follow.  I always cover the lamp with cardboard with holes in it to protect the birds from getting burned by the heatlamp.
You can see that repositioning the light/heat source, causes the babies to follow. I always cover the lamp with cardboard with holes in it to protect the birds from getting burned by the heatlamp. | Source
Huddling behavior occurs when baby quail are stressed, remember..these are wild birds, the intention is not to domesticated them, we want them to survive in the wild.
Huddling behavior occurs when baby quail are stressed, remember..these are wild birds, the intention is not to domesticated them, we want them to survive in the wild. | Source
It's harder to see the quail in the rabbit hutch, they try to fly out so I have to have a net covering the door, this helps them not fly out as I try to snap pics.
It's harder to see the quail in the rabbit hutch, they try to fly out so I have to have a net covering the door, this helps them not fly out as I try to snap pics. | Source
Can you see the little "dingleberries" starting to be more promanenton their heads, some people would prefer I call them crowns.....
Can you see the little "dingleberries" starting to be more promanenton their heads, some people would prefer I call them crowns.....
Where do we put the older birds? These are six weeks old and almost ready to be released to mate and feed in the wild.
Where do we put the older birds? These are six weeks old and almost ready to be released to mate and feed in the wild. | Source
This is the old rabbit hutch we use to acclaimated the six week old Quail, then we will release them into the habitat we have prepared for them.
This is the old rabbit hutch we use to acclaimated the six week old Quail, then we will release them into the habitat we have prepared for them. | Source

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Johng499 2 years ago

weblog. Loads of gratitude sharing. dddfebffffek


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Deborah-Lynn 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Keara, Just checking up on how you are progressing with your Aviary for your home-school class and if you had decided to include Quail in the wild life release program? Thak you for your comments and I hope my articles have been a help to you.


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Deborah-Lynn 3 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thank you Barbara, I hope you will think about trying it, and if you do, and if you decide to write about your experiences, I would love to know so I can read about it too. :)


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

You are doing a great job. I loved all the photos that go along with the advice. I've never tried anything like this.


Keara Quiroz 5 years ago

I want to set up a home-school class in my back yard. I want to eventually design and set up an Avery for quails,pheasants for wild life release program. Any suggestions on bird books I can use in connection with them would be most appreciated.

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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Interesting details on the quail babies. They do start so very tiny! Keep up the good work!


jayduve 6 years ago

Wow, great photos. Those images of the baby quail really add to the content. I wish more people would explore the fun possibilities of raising poultry beyond the old standbys like chickens or geese. Quail, peacocks, pheasants...they all bring a touch of the exotic to the backyard.


Norma 6 years ago

If I had read this earlier I may have tried to feed some baby quail myself. We had a potted plant on the patio that was on a small table about 2 ft high and the pot was about a ft high. I was surprised when the the babies started hatching and immediately started jumping out of the pot. Most of them got with their mother but 3 were laying on the ground so I picked them up thinking they were dead but when they moved a little I put them in my desert tortoises cantainer under a red light. After awhile they started moving around and chirping so I put some easter grass under the light and they all hudeled together and went to sleep. My tortoise just ignored them when they jumped all over him.

In the morning when the mother quail got her chicks out in the sun I put the 3 I had inside in a basket and set it down where she could see it. They immediately jumped out of the basket and she moved toward them and got them all together. At this point I was feeling so good that I had saved these little birds. If I hadn't brought them in they would had died overnight as it was pretty cold last night. Then the big yellow cat showed up. My husband shooed him off but it scared Mama so much she took off with the babies and when I saw them going down the alley there were only 4 behind her. She had 8 with the 3 I had kept in the house over night. I don't see how any of these helpless birds ever make it to adulthood. So sad.


nardina 6 years ago

Hola, vivo en Arizona donde abunda un ave llamada Quail. He investigado en internet y es de la misma especie de las codornices. Resulta que una pareja de Quails tenia un nido cerca del garaje de mi casa y la hembra llegaba cada dia para calentar los huevitos. Con tan mala fortuna que ayer cuando nacieron, mi gato atraido por el ruido de los pollitos, acecho a la mama y la mato. Fue muy triste, no pude hacer nada, el papa quail vigilaba desde lejos y hoy regreso con mucho miedo, pienso que los estaba buscando pero ellos estaban muy debiles y no hacian ruido. Creo que el no volvera mas... Entonces decidi recoger los pollitos y ahora voy a seguir estas recomendaciones para criarlos, espero tener exito y luego los entregare a la entidad que proteje la fauna aqui en Arizona...


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

I have a nephew who enjoys raising game fowl. Great hub.


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Deborah-Lynn 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Hi Kristy, some ideas for you to feed baby birds, pets stores carry bird formula, also mash a hard boiled egg, or put birdseed into a coffee bean grinder and add a tiny bit of cat food to moisten it, refridgerate the leftovers but only feed them room temperature food, not hot or cold food.

I hope this is helpful...?


kristy 6 years ago

i now what to do there parents refused them and they are very hungry but i dont now what to feed them


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is fascinating to see so many beautiful pictures of little birds. Nature and other animal of nature bring happiness to our mind and you are doing a great job of creation in the nature.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is fascinating to see so many beautiful pictures of little birds. Nature and other animal of nature bring happiness to our mind and you are doing a great job of creation in the nature.


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f.rifka 7 years ago

All the photo were wonderful,I liked it very much you are doing a great job.


How to Raise Quail 7 years ago

Hi Deborah-Lynn,

Sorry it took me so long to get here.

Everything looks great! Your pictures are fantastic and it looks like you are doing a wonderful job with your quail and your information.

Keep up the good work.

May all your quail be healthy and productive,

Gary


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

Raising quail, great shots BTW, that I have not considered.


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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

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Deborah-Lynn 7 years ago from Los Angeles, California Author

Thank you for all your great comments, look for the new photos tommorrow afternoon!


Crazdwriter 7 years ago

aaaa they are so cute. Good job! They have a great mommy to help them grow up. this would be fun to do but sadly I have 3 cats and live in apartment so I couldn't do this. Keep up the great job!


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