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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:46 am

I am luving this project. Our second hatch of A&M`s are growing well although we did not get a great hatch from the eggs we brought back from the UK. We only got ten hatch from twenty four eggs. I cracked open some of the no-showers at twenty one days and found a number of fully formed dead chicks! After checking out various sites it seems that old eggs may have been the cause (amongst others). Something to do with the lack of proper lung development. We lost two chicks a few days after hatching but these were clearly rinnocks and did not prosper. I am building an outside enclosure for the Quail and hope to have it finished in a week or so. Deryn, we are now getting eggs from your birds and the cock is doing his stuff so we shall be setting some more eggs soon. We have also eaten a few of the excess cocks which were very tasty. How are yours doing?

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Post by Deryn on Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:39 pm

Its very satisfying when things hatch, always exciting, I don't think you can ever get fed up with it.
Sorry your A&M's didn't hatch so well, hopefully you will be able to hatch some of your own eggs from them too. Glad to hear the ones from us are doing well, you will soon have more than you need. Hope your enclosure has some growing room, at least quail are only small and don't take up much room. How will you keep the 2 breeds separate or are you going to run them together?
We are in the process of collecting up eggs to get the next batch on the go, hopefully another 2 days and the incubator will be on again. We sold all the last hatch and now need more for us as Nick has managed to get our eggs in our local Supervalu. Fingers crossed they sell well.

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:40 am

Sounds like you have got your Quail enterprise sorted. What age did you sell your last hatch? We sold some eggs at the mart last week but this is not really our plan. So Super Value are stocking your eggs. I will keep an eye out for them over here. Is there much official paperwork involved with selling to a retailer i.e Revenue etc. Have you had any luck with selling the meat? I will probably run the A&M`s with the rest. looking at the chicks now that they are growing feathers it is likely they are cross breed. Some have brown blotches on them.

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Post by Deryn on Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:53 pm

We sell them at about 3 weeks, once they are off heat and we can sex them. Not looking into selling the meat as don't want to get into the rules and regs. We tend to give them to a local that rears birds of prey as we don't eat that many.
We have only gone to our local shop not sure whats involved if we get big. We are already registered as a business anyway.

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Post by Guest on Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:28 pm

Cool. Good luck Smile

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Post by Guest on Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:38 am

I`m in another bit of a quandary with these Quail. While growing them on they were confined and apart from some vicious squabbles between the males they were progressing nicely. They were laying well and looking good while I finished their outside pen. In the finished pen I put plenty of hidey holes, boxes, feed, water and grit. All a Quail could ask for as I thought. They have been in the pen now for about two weeks and have gone off lay. They also cower about and panic a bit when I enter the pen. These were the birds that I could pick up with little problems and layed alot of eggs while confined. Now they are different birds altogether. Seeing Quail in both domestic and commercial cages on You Tube. They are cramped but lay fine which I have always thought indicated contented birds. I suppose with alot of space the feel less secure and given time they should settle down. I thought they would love their new surroundings better than being confined in a cage. Any comments lads?

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Post by Deryn on Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:25 pm

Hopefully they will start laying again soon. I would imagine it was a bit of a shock, they are very skittish birds.

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Post by Sean Ph'lib on Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:58 pm

They seem like a troublesome crop...

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Post by Deryn on Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:29 pm

Well worth it for the eggs though Sean

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Post by Drowned_pig on Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:13 pm

Very interesting post ...I always thought quail were easy birds to raise ...I’ll be watching your journey with interest wayland before I decide to commit
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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:57 am

My birds are now in autumn mode in their outside pen. Fox proof it is but we have been having some fun with the rats! Tenacious critters look for any weakness in the various barriers in place to keep them out, but I think I have cracked the problem. I have a steel barrier buried a foot under ground. This was done with the fox in mind but rats dig under it! Solution! I have a mound of broken ceramic tiles. Any sign of burrowing I dig it out and put a thick layer of sharp tile sherds. Stops them in their tracks. Eventually the whole area will have this buried layer which still allows for drainage etc. The A & M quail are a great disappointment. They are described as a large bird, mine aren't. They will be in the pot soon enough! The japs from Deryn are fine birds, we will be breeding from them next year, I need another cock bird though. I have been feeding them on the 30% Turkey crum mix but would like to get them off this. While looking at a more natural diet I am trying to get them on to 24% Game bird mix, but the pellets are larger so we will see how they go with them. The birds are a lot calmer now and dont throw a hissy fit every time I pass. Onward and upward.Very Happy

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Post by Deryn on Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:17 pm

Glad they have worked out well for you. Good luck finding a male, they can be very aggressive towards the hens. We keep ours separate until we need them. They may well be OK in an aviary but keep an eye on them especially the back of the head.

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