What To Do When Quail Hatch

What to do when quail hatch is a very good question to ask even before your quail eggs hatch out as this will lead to good preparation for the arrival of your quail.

We had quails for some years though never hatched any. I am going to purchase some eggs to hatch. If i am successful in hatching them what do i do then? what do i feed them? do i house them the same as i did the adult quails? what age do they start to lay?
Thanx Antonia

Hi Antonia,
Good luck with your quail egg hatching. If they are japanese quail eggs they will take about 17 days to hatch. http://www.farmingfriends.com/incubating-coturnix-japanese-quail/
When the eggs hatch they can be kept in the incubator for up to 24 hours and then they need to be moved to a brooder (box or bought brooder). The brooder should have litter http://www.farmingfriends.com/litter-suitable-for-brooders/ on the floor such as straw or corrugated cardboard that will stop the quail from slipping and getting splayed legs. http://www.farmingfriends.com/splayed-legs-in-quail/
The brooder should also have a heat lamp to keep the temperature warm. The temperature is reduced each week and by week 4 they can have the heat lamp off in the day.
When the chicks are first born they can eat chick crumbs and then when they are a few days or older they can have some shredded lettuce aswell.
Once the quail are older from 4-5 weeks they can start to eat layers pellets. They don’t necessarily need special quail food but a layers pellets suitable for indoor birds.
When I have newborn chicks I place marbles in the water drinker to stop the chicks from drowning in the water.
By week 4-5 the quail can be moved from the brooder to a more suitable housing. probably the same housing that you used for your adult quail.
It is amazing that quail start laying at about 6 weeks of age. http://www.farmingfriends.com/quail-chicks-development/
I hope this information is helpful.Let me know if you have anymore questions and let me know how your eggs get on.
Kind regards
Sara @ farmingfriends

I am delighted to have received a reply from Antonia.

Thankyou for such a quick response.
I am very grateful for your advice and help and will certainly keep you posted on the success of my hatching.
Thanks once again.

if you have any questions you would like to ask about quail hatching and raising then please leave a comment.

4 thoughts on “What To Do When Quail Hatch”

  1. hi- I’m about to put my quail eggs in the incubator…is it ok to put the chicks at 5 weeks in with my original trio??

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