Dotty the quail is coming up to two years old! She was born in an incubator in my kitchen, and here she is nearly two years later! Anyone who visits my garage — the mechanic, the roofer, friends who smoke — knows Dotty well as normally she is left loose in there, although I‘ll put her in a chicken coop during the day sometimes when the weather is nice. The ground is now covered in snow so she’ll probably spend the next 4 or so months inside. I tried to keep her inside my actual house but Husband objected to her loose in a room and Dotty objected to being in a container. #garagepetforlife
It's been a month since I last posted something. Well, this photo Is a summary of whats been going on. A new batch of eggs from another breeder that gave me white and tibetan quails ( also normals).I also bought some white and tibetan adutls and I might have a second generarion broody hen. I will give more details on others posts during the week.
Ha pasado un mes desde que hice un post. Esta foto es un resumen. Una nueva tanda o grupo de huevos que saque en la incubadora de otro criador de la que obtuve pollitos blancos y tibetanos ( también normales). También compré algunos adultos blancos y tibetanos y puede que tenga una hembra empolladora de segunda generación. Daré más detalles en otros posts durante esta semana..
Remember those baby quail? Well, they’re 6.5 weeks old and we have our first two eggs! 🙌🏻 we ended up with 20 healthy, friendly birds, they’re so ridiculously tame it’s unreal, and waaay too many boys - I think 12/20 - so we’ve moved the girls and the boys we’re keeping outside (chosen for plumage variations and calm demeanours) and we’ll be fattening up 9 boys for dinner 🙈 I’m a bit on the fence with this - there are always surplus cocks of any poultry or game, and being polygamous, that’ll always be the way, so rather than keeping these boys in a bachelor flock, they’ll serve another purpose and nourish us instead. I’ve kept back the more flighty and common coloured birds - and I’m keeping more hands off with these guys - they have everything they need, but ultimately they will serve another purpose. I’ve taken cock birds to auction and it was just plain awful - the birds were stressed in a loud and unfamiliar environment, they didn’t earn even a drop of what we’d put into their upbringing and welfare and they likely came to the same fate. I’m in control in this case - the birds may be leaving us in a few weeks, but it’ll be quick, calm and quiet. It’s the best I can do for them. But it doesn’t mean I’m still not on the fence about it 😕 #quaileggs#coturnixquail#quail#japanesequail#eggsandmeat
2 2830 October, 2019
Quails are commonly eaten complete with the bones, since these are easily chewed and the small size of the bird makes it inconvenient to remove them.
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We are having a weird heat wave here in So Cal. Today is another hot one. Keeping the girls cool by adding ice cubes to their water and providing them with an icy pool to jump in and out of. Hopefully it’s the last HOT 🥵 day of the year.
Quail play time, I have 2 king quails and 3 Japanese quails. Because quails feet cannot perch, the quail spends its entire life on the ground, vacuuming up seeds spilled by other aviary residents. Being their lives are spent on the cage floor, it’s nice to offer them a natural habitat to enjoy & live out their lives. I have many hollowed out logs and nature on the ground of my aviary enclosure for quails to enjoy. These guys love live meal worms so I have my own meal worm farm just for them 🥰 .
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I’ve been finding eggs in every nook, cranny & corner of the new quail aviary. They seem to like the edge of the plants the best, digging up the roots a bit and nestling their clutch right up in there. I wish I could just set out a nest box and have them all lay in it like chickens... would certainly make collecting easier. 😝 But they’re very happy in their upgrade and I’m continuously coming up with more ideas on making the aviary better. Either for them or aesthetically for me. 💕 The blue hue to some of the eggs has me quite excited too!
12 33616 June, 2019
Egging it on in the sketchbook today
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This is Kat Lavers, and one of her Japanese Quails. In a small Melbourne backyard, Kat keeps quails as part of her home-scale permaculture system - the quails convert unwanted scraps and waste into protein rich eggs, as well as being excellent backyard companions. We had a chat to Kat about keeping quails happy in urban spaces and the resulting insights are up on Milkwood.net today! Link in profile.
In other news, we had some quail eggs under Pigel, but wasn't expecting anything as she's not the best at covering the eggs properly. Yesterday, 5 days late she was wandering around eating and I noticed two of the eggs had pipped. I brought them into the incubator for more humidity, because they wouldn't have stood a chance hatching otherwise. One hatched that evening, but the other didn't make it, even assisted. So unfortunately this little guy is a bit lonely and likes to be cuddled in a hand whenever possible.
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