Quail Egg Hatch Rate October 2009

When breeding quail and incubating their eggs it is important to keep a record of the percentage of total eggs hatched because this will help in evaluating incubation and hatch efficiency. I have recently hatched some quail chicks and wanted to share the hatch rate with you. You can calculate hatch rate in the following way;

% hatch rate = number of eggs hatched out/number of eggs set in the incubator.

This October I placed 31 eggs in the incubator and 20 hatched out. So 20 divided by 31 equals 0.6451612 times by 100 equals 64.5% hatch rate.

Can Quail Eat Clover?

Does anyone know if quail can eat clover? I am asking the question because my quail have seemed to enjoy eating clover that I have growing amongst the grass in my garden but over a period of time I have lost quite a few quail and their egg production has reduced.

A friend pointed out that clover is on a list of plants that are toxic to poultry.

Have just done a search for can quail eat clover and found some info about clover and subclover reducing the reproduction of quail eggs! Which could be right as I lost quite a few quail and the egg numbers have significantly reduced.

But then I have read that grouse, partridge, and quail eat the foliage of clover, depending on what area of the U.S. you’re in.

I think I will ask my vet and I’ll let you know what he says. If anyone has any info about whether quail can eat clover then please leave a comment.

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Back Scratching In Quail

Back scratching in quail is caused by the male quail mounting the females through the mating season and rubbing their feathers away.

Back Scratching In Quail

Back Scratching In Quail

The hen birds often have feathers missing from their back and heads during the mating season.

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Market Age For Quail

I was asked about the market age for Texas A M quail, so have done some research into slaughter ages for quail.

I have been asked, “hi i have been approached by my local butcher for some quail i incubate TEXAS A M QUAIL as it is a larger bird but what age is it best to kill for table purposes thanks. Carl”

Here is my response.

Hi Carl,
Thanks for your question re quail. Sorry it’s taken a while to get back to you but I don’t raise quail for meat so wasn’t sure of the answer. I have googled it and looked through all my books and I can’t find a specific answer. What I did read was that it is from 6 weeks:
Bob White Market Age is 6-16 weeks
Coturnix Japonica market age is 6 weeks but also read that it was 9 weeks.
Cross bred the market age is 6 weeks
I read that the Texas A M quail reach market age at 6 to 7 weeks.
I have a quail forum and will add your question there to see if any members know the age for slaughter.
Hope this helps.
Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

Do you have any information about quail market ages?

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Different Coloured Quail Chicks

I have noticed that some of my quail chicks are different colours, but I am not sure of the reason for this. I have some that hatched a dark brown, some cream and some fawn coloured which I didn’t have the first time I hatched quail.

Here is the dark brown and fawn coloured quail chicks.

Brown and fawn coloured Japanese quail chick

Brown and fawn coloured Japanese quail chicks

Here is the cream quail chick.

Cream coloured Japanese quail chick

Cream coloured Japanese quail chick

All of the eggs are from an aviary with japanese quail that are all dark brown so I am not sure why some are lighter in colour. Let me know if you have come across different coloured quail chicks. The quail are now about 5 weeks old and are growing well. They are nearly full size and reach maturity from 6 weeks old when the females can start to lay eggs.

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If you fancy having a go at incubating and hatching and if you live in the UK then I  have  quail eggs for hatching for sale.

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Quail Chicks Falling Over

I am often emailed about quail chicks falling over.

Hi there we are just starting out with hatching our own quail. we had 30 eggs which most hatched successfully.we then transferred them into the brooder,this is when we noticed that 3 or 4 quail could not stand up and were falling to one side.we are not sure what to do about this as this is going to make it hard for them to get to the food or water, i would appreciate someones help quickly as i fear i may lose them.
thanks kirsty

Hi Kirsty,
Welcome to the farmingfriends website. Glad you had a successful hatch.
I also have a forum http://farmingfriends.com/forums/ and one of the members posted about guinea fowl keets that were having trouble with their legs.
Here is the link to the post and all the information and advice given. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=183 The guinea fowl keets had a deficiency in selenium and they were given red cell.
My friend Sallie has quail and a few of her quail have had problems with their legs have had mine. since she has been feeding them specific quail layers pellets she hasn’t had any quail with leg joint problems.
This is what Sallie emailed to me,

“These chicks hatched with what appeared to be fused hock joints so don’t think diet was an issue. Have read somewhere about the achilles tendon slipping off the joint but as I cant identify the achilles tendon couldn’t do much about it!!!

Last year I had a couple of older birds that got swelling on their joints, a large watery bursa type of thing but have not had (touch wood) any since I started feeding the Marriages Quail Layer pellets. Jolly good value those pellets as they are only about £10 for a large sack and one sack lasts a long time. Although with all the extra mouths to feed I expect to get through it a bit quicker from now!!! sallie”

I do hope that your quail chicks are ok.
kind regards
sara @ farmingfriends

If anyone can give advice about quail chicks falling over, then please leave a comment.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

If you fancy having a go at incubating and hatching and if you live in the UK then I  have  quail eggs for hatching for sale.

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Water For Guinea Fowl

I have been asked if guinea fowl can drink out of a stream.

Guinea fowl drink water but can go for quite long periods of time without water as they originate from a hot, dry country.

When guinea fowl free range they will happily drink water where ever they can find it, so I would assume that they would drink water from a stream if they were able to get close to the edge of the stream.

If you have experience of guinea fowl drinking from a stream then please let us know.

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Front Cover Of Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets An eBook

If you fancy having a go at incubating, hatching and raising guinea fowl keets then check out my Incubating, Hatching & Raising guinea Fowl Keets eBook and if you are in the UK then I also have guinea fowl eggs for hatching for sale.

Quail Chicks Hatching

I have found that a clutch of quail eggs usually hatch about the same time if the conditions are correct.

Hi Sara, I’m hatching quail and one hatched yesterday about 6 o’clock but I got up this morning and no more have hatched yet. Is this normal? The one chick is still sitting lonely in the incubator, should I leave him till the others hatch (if they do) or move him across to the brooder? Also should this be 12 hours before any others that may hatch? Geoff

Hi Geoff,

It is my understanding that quail have a tendency to all hatch at a similar time although I think that my recent hatch saw the first quail start to hatch at 7pm and then the last quail hatch the following morning. apparanently quail call to one another in their shells so as to synchronise their hatch.

I leave my quail in the incubator for 24 hours so they can dry out. they can last 24 hours without food and drink as they are still absorbing the yolk sac. I then move them to a brooder. Sometimes you need to move the first hatchlings out of the incubator whilst the rest of the eggs haven’t hatched out.

I hope that the rest of your eggs hatched ok and that your first quail chick is doing well.

I have a free forum with a section on quail where people can go to chat and ask questions. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=3

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

What is your experience of hatching quail eggs and quail chicks?

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

If you fancy having a go at incubating and hatching and if you live in the UK then I  have  quail eggs for hatching for sale.

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Mixing Quail Of Different Ages

I am often asked about mixing quail of different ages.

I have a quail from 3 different batches (eldest single female of 8 weeks, 2 females of 6 weeks and 2 of 3 weeks). I want to house them all together eventually – but assume I must wait until they’re all fully grown so they can stand up for themselves if another gets terriorial against them? I put the 6 week olds with the 8 week old but she went for the younger ones and I couldn’t help but dive in and split them up. Do you have any tips for getting them familiar – and at what point should I split them up if the bigger one goes for the younger ones? Your advice would be appreciated! Thank you. Lucy

Hi Lucy,

Thanks for visiting farmingfriends and leaving your comment.

Your quail are classed as adults from 6 weeks when they are able to lay and become
sexually active.

I have read that putting them all into an unfamiliar house so that non of them have
become familiar without and class it as their territory helps, if you are able to do this.

If you have to add some quail to a already established hut them you may want to put the
new comers in at night when they are more subdued and less likely to attack each other.
Alternatively placing them all in together during the day allows you to observe what is
happening and to check frequently.

If you can’t put them all in a fresh hut then the ones you are adding could be placed in
a run within the hut for a few weeks so that they can all get used to each other but they
can still see each other but not attack one another.

Quail will quickly attack another quail and draw blood usually on the neck area or back
so when they start to draw blood you will need to separate them as others will then
attack the bloodied quail.

Hope this helps. I have a free forum with a section on quail where people come to chat
and ask question which you may find interesting.
http://farmingfriends.com/forums/forum.php?id=3
My friend Sallie never has a problem introducing quail to other quail.Check out the last
entry on this forum post. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=180

Let me know how you get on.

Sara @ farmingfriends

Have you successfully mixed quail of different ages? If so do you have any tips on mixing quail of different ages?

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

If you fancy having ago at incubating and hatching and if you live in the UK then I  have  quail eggs for hatching for sale.

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Day Old Quail Chicks In Brooder

At Monday tea-time the quail chicks were moved from the incubator to the brooder.

29 Day Old Quail Chicks In Brooder

29 Day Old Quail Chicks In Brooder

There are 29 quail chicks in the brooder and some are dark brown a few are a fawn colouring and one or two are creamy coloured.

The chicks are very lively and quickly found the chick crumbs and started eating them, which they seem to enjoy. They are happy moving about the brooder on the straw and there are no signs of splayed legs.

If you fancy having ago at incubating and hatching and if you live in the UK then I  have  quail eggs for hatching for sale.

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