Friday, September 26, 2008


Tonight I booked to go on the Vet-Medlink conference at Nottingham University. It's a 4 day course looking at Vet Uni courses. It was £195 + £10 for "The Edge" which helps with filling out UCAS forms, and with interviews.
It looks really good, and you get to deal with Large and Small animals.

Two people from my school are going, so we are going to try and get in the same group when we are there.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


The chicks are looking huge now, they are nearly 3 weeks old.
They are still in the brooder, and are eating chick crumbs now, not turkey crumbs, just because they don't sell them in the shop we went to.
There is one little one, which is 1/2 the size of the others! but he/she is the best one.

You can start to see which ones look like girls and which ones look like boys, but I'm not 100% sure yet.

The adult female's head has healed well, and I'll keep them with the male in the day, but not over night.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


The adult male has been a bit too rough with the girls and ones head is bleeding. I've separated him into a rabbit hutch outside, annd left her inside with the other girl.

I'll leave her a few days to recover and then re-introduce them in the rabbit run in the garden.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Growing Up

The chicks are huge compared to last week, and the adults look even bigger now next to them.

The adults are about 9 weeks now, and should be layin soon. I've put a lamp next to them, on in the morning and when it gets dark, so that they have 14 hours of light, and to encourage them to lay.

The male has been chasing the 2 girls round, trying to mate, so hopefully they'll start laying soon.

The chicks have grown loads since last week, they're 9 days old now. They are still eating Turkey Crumb, and will do for a few more weeks. Most of their wing feathers are grown, so they are hopping up and down in the brooder and jumping about.

Monday, September 8, 2008


The umbilical cord chick has just died :(
I wasn't expecting it to live but it's still a shame.


We're up to 8 chicks now.

I've just dampened the shell down, and got the shell off the stuck egg, but it is stuck to the umbilical cord! :S

Up to 6

The 6th chick has just hatched :D

The one I helped isn't looking good :(

Up to 5

There was one more chick born after I got back from school, so we're up to 5 now!!
I tried to help one out that has been stuck in his shell for over 24 hours, but it was a bit stuck to his shell, so I left it half in its shell and put it back in the incubator.

Sunday, September 7, 2008


I've got 4 chicks in the incubator!
We got back after the christening, and nothing had happened, and then within 2 minutes 1 hatched, and then 3 others followed :D

A video of one of the quail hatching

The 1st egg to chip still isn't hatched.


I woke up and Dad said they were pipping, 1 of the eggs was cracked a bit, and 2 others at the back are wobbling.
We're going to christening, so I'm going to leave a camcorder on them incase they hatch while wa are out.

Friday, September 5, 2008


The brooder:

The eggs are now flat and waiting to hatch, I've put water in the water tray to raise humidity.

Day 15

Today is the day I stop turning the eggs, and leave them flat to hatch.

I have already put a non-stick mat in the incubator, just incase they hatched early and now I need to put a wet sponge in the bottom of the incubator, to raise humidity. I bought a huge tub of marbles so that I can put it in the water dish and they won't drown.

I was either going to use:
a wooden brooder
OR a glass brooder
I'm going to use the fish tank because the chicks could jump out, and it could be a bit cold. I'll cut a piece of wood and drill holes in the top and wire up the lamp. I just need a red fireglow bulb now.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Day 13

I've just candled the eggs and I can still only see 1 egg with veins in it.
The other eggs have really patterned and dark shells so you can't really see the inside.

I'm hoping half of the eggs hatch, out of 19.

I wired up the bulb and plug for the brooder and it works, all I need now is the bulb. I could use a ceramic, infra-red, or a normal reflector. The infra-red and ceramic are expensive, so I might use a normal reflector, but even then you can buy coloured ones so the light isn't as intense for the chicks.

I also ordered 500g of turkey crumbs off ebay for the chicks, it cost 82p + £2.60 for the postage. Apparently turkey crumb is better than chick crumb as it has a higher % of protein, which quail need.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rotten Egg

There was an egg in the incubator yesterday that stunk and I've been reading about exploding eggs which ruin in incubator and all the other eggs.

I smelt all of the eggs and found the one I thought was rotten and I got dad to do the same and we both said the same egg. I took it outside and cracked it open with a knife and it was full of a yellow liquid and a brown blob.
I'm not sure if it was infertile and has been cooking or if it was an early death or what.

Well I'm down to 19 eggs now.