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Chinese Quails - How To Raise King Quail Babies

Updated on September 19, 2013
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A Quail Story by Mr Quail

Hello there, my name is Mr Quail and I am a Chinese Quail. I am the handsome little bird on the right with dark blue feathers on my back. My lovely wife Mrs Quail had dark brown feathers with light coloured streaks and she had been behaving cranky these few weeks because she told me she was going to have a few babies.


She had laid a pile of eggs in our bedroom a few weeks ago and had been sitting on the eggs for several weeks now. I still haven't seen the babies and I was beginning to wonder where they might be hiding.


During the day I was not allowed to enter the bedroom or go near those eggs, so I spent my time in the lounge and occasionally peeking in to see what my wife was doing in there. She seemed to be mumbling to herself all the time. Boy, is she grumpy!


One morning Mrs Quail shouted with joy, "They're here! The babies are here! They look so cute and adorable!"


I rushed into the bedroom but I could only see my wife and she said, "Hush, don't frightened the babies. They are hiding beneath my wings. You have to be careful not to peck at them."


We had six girls and one boy. Five of the girls looked exactly like their mother, I hoped the two yellow babies would grow up and look a bit like me.


A few hours later, the babies could not wait to leave the bedroom and have their first meal, though they stayed close to their mother most of the time.


They liked to play hide-and-seek with me, too.


The children really loved to eat and we had to teach them some manners and how to share their food.


We all loved to go outside when the weather was sunny and nice. The children would play for hours in the sun and sandbathe in the warm sandpit. They learned to catch a few bugs and ants, that was when they ended up fighting most of the time.


The children were growing up so quickly and I thought we were getting a bit crowded in our one-bedroom house.


And they just kept on eating and eating so much food ...


Our only son, Bruce (on the right), was starting to look a lot like me now, even though his feathers were a bit pale.


A few months later, we moved to a larger new house and the whole family was happy.


All our children eventually grew up and moved out. Blondie (left) and the rest of the girls had their own babies, so I could say we had become proud grandparents.

Mr & Mrs Quail before they had babies

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    • poetryman6969 profile image

      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      An interesting hobby. Cute birds.

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      lady rain 5 years ago from Australia

      glassvisage, this hub was published only a few days after I joined HubPages and I still enjoy looking at these pictures. I always look forward to having little quails every year. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comment.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Such a wonderful Hub!!! I can't believe there are no other comments. I love quail and I can't believe that people can hunt these adorable, beautiful little creatures. These photos are fantastic - I've never seen quail when they are so little. Thanks so much for sharing this.