Mycoplasma In Quail

I suspect that my quail have mycoplasma which is like congunctivitis. It is an infection of the air passages and signs of the infection are:

  • swollen facial sinuses.

Other signs may include:

  • sneezing,
  • eye discharges,
  • breathing through a partly opened beak,
  • reduced growth,
  • reduction in appetite,
  • joints may also be affected and birds may become lame and
  • in laying birds there may be reduced egg production.

An anti-biotic treatment can be given in the water. Consultation with a vet is advised.

Mycoplasma can affect chickens, turkeys, and game birds including pheasants, chukar partridges and peafowl as well as  bobwhite quail and Japanese quail.
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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.

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Quail Leave The Farm

Recently I had an enquiry from someone wanting some quail to put in their aviary with their other birds. Quail are a good bird to have in an aviary as they will pick up the seeds that fall to the ground.

Four Japanese quail That Are Five Weeks Old

Four Japanese Quail That Are Five Weeks Old

I had four japanese quail left from the nine I had hatched recently and the gentleman wanted a few quail hens for his aviary. My quail were nearing 6 week old. I wasn’t a hundred percent sure of their gender. A couple of them looked like they might be male and the other two looked like females.

Quail hens start to lay from 6 weeks so in the next week or so  the quail hens will start to lay and the customer will know how many males and females he has. I have said that if there are more males than they want then they can return them.

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If you are thinking of hatching some Japanese quail then I have Japanese quail hatching eggs for sale.

Japanese Quail Eggs For Hatching For Sale

Japanese Quail Eggs For Hatching For Sale

12 Japanese / Coturnix Quail eggs suitable for hatching in an incubator or under a broody hen. Only £3 plus £4 postage and packaging.

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Eggs will be collected and posted within 3 days of receipt of order. (Please note that quail eggs can be stored for up to 7 days.) The eggs will be fresh and no more than 2-4 days old.

12 Quail Eggs

12 Quail Eggs

The eggs will be sent first class within the UK in a polystyrene egg container specially made for sending eggs in the post. Please note that this product can only be sent to residents of the UK and not overseas.

These eggs are for hatching and not for human consumption. Fertility cannot be guaranteed after postage.

I have around 50 mixed Japanese / Coturnix quail in a large barn where the quail are free to roam and fly about.

Female Japanese Quail

Female Japanese Quail

The chicks in the photograph below were hatched out last season.

Day Old Chicks In Box To Go To Brooder

Day Old Chicks In Box To Go To Brooder

It is recommended that you let the eggs stand and settle for 24 hours at room temperature upon receipt before incubation.

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Video Clip Of Quail Chicks In Brooder

Here are the nine day old japanese quail chicks in the brooder. The chicks are a couple of days old and they were moved to the brooder after they were 24 hours old.

They have a drinker with warm water and marbles in the drinker to prevent them getting their head immersed in the water. They are eating chick crumbs and have a heat lamp to keep them warm. they are on a bed of straw and carpet to stop them getting splayed legs and getting a draught. The chicks are enjoying chasing around the brooder and eating the chick crumbs.

Hope you enjoyed the video clip.

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Day Old Japanese Quail Chicks

I moved the day old quail chicks from the incubator after they had been hatched for 24 hours.

Day Old Chicks In Box To Go To Brooder

Day Old Chicks In Box To Go To Brooder

Quail chicks can survive without food and water in the incubator for at least 24 hours as they absorb the yolk sac just before they hatch which provides them with nutirents in the first 24 hours.

Day Old Japanese Quail Chick

Day Old Japanese Quail Chick

I put the quail chicks into a small box to move them to the brooder. The quail chicks are very tiny when they first hatch. They had time to dry off and fluff up in the incubator and once they had been hatched for 24 hours they were very lively indeed. It was difficult to pick them up as they kept trying to jump out of the incubator and my hand!

Japanese Quail Chicks In Brooder

Japanese Quail Chicks In Brooder

The brooder is an outdoor rabbit/guinea pig run and I have placed in on top of an old carpet outside and then put straw in it which will stop the chicks from getting a draught and from getting splayed legs. They have some chick crumbs to eat and a drinker with warm water in it and marbles around the edge to stop the chicks from drowning in the water. There is a heat lamp set up so that the chicks are kept warm enough.

Eight Japanese Quail Chicks

Eight Japanese Quail Chicks

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Quail Eggs Hatch In Incubator

I have had 19 Japanese quail eggs in the incubator. Japanese quail eggs should take about 17 days to hatch out. Click here for incubator information for Japanese Quail.

Monday night was day 17 and when I went to bed I could see that a few of the quail eggs had begun to pip. By Tuesday morning (6.30am) one of the quail looked like it had just hatched out. By mid morning there were about 4 and then by teatime I have 9 quail.

I am leaving them in the incubator until Wednesday morning so that they are all dried out and that any of the other eggs have a chance to hatch out.

It is fine to leave the quail in the incubator for the first 24 hours as they absorb a yolk sac just before hatching which gives them food for the first 24 hours.

The quail will then be moved to a brooder with a heat lamp, chick crumbs, warm water in a drinker with marbles to stop them from drowning and straw on the floor both to keep them warm and to prevent splayed legs.

Once they are out of the incubator I will get a photograph of the Japanese quail chicks, so watch this space.

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The Quail Gallery

Welcome to the Quail Gallery. Here you can meet the quail on the farmingfriends farm and all of the farmingfriends quail friends we have met since the website was set up in 2006.

Farming Friends Quail

Quail chicks can be the size of a bumble bee when they hatch.

Day Old Quail Chicks

Day Old Quail Chicks

Quail Chick

Quail Chick

Quail Chicks

Quail Chicks

 Here is the Farming Friends Quail Hut.

The quail are free to roam and fly about the barn. The flooring is sandy soil with straw litter which provides warmth, food and nesting material for the quail.

Inside the Quail Hut

Inside the Quail Hut

Quail In Hut

Quail In Hut

 Adult Quail

Female Quail With Egg

Female Quail With Egg

 

Female Quail

Female Quail

Female Quail

Female Quail

 Japanese Quail

The male japanese quail has a red breast and the female has a lighter coloured breast.

 
Male Japanese Quail

Male Japanese Quail

Female Japanese Quail

Female Japanese Quail

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farming Friends Quail
Sallie’s Quail

Sallie's Day Old Quail Chicks

Sallie's Day Old Quail Chicks

Sallie's White Japanese Quail

Sallie's White Japanese Quail

Sallie's New Quail Hut

Sallie's New Quail Hut

Sallie's Quail In Outdoor Aviary

Sallie's Quail In Outdoor Aviary

  Danielle’s Quail

Danielle's Quail Chick

Danielle's Quail Chick

Danielle's Quail Chick

Danielle's Quail Chick

Danielle's Quail Chick Feeding

Danielle's Quail Chick Feeding

Danielle's Two Day Old Quail Chick

Danielle's Two Day Old Quail Chick

If you have any photos of your quail that you would like to share or you have a question about quail then just leave a comment and farmingfriends will get back to you.

Natural Habitat For Japanese Quail

It is important when japanese quail are kept in huts, barns or aviaries to try to re-create their natural habitat.

Junior asked, “what would a japanese quails natural habitat look like?”
thankyou
Junior.

Hi Junior,

Quail are shy game birds that ground nest and therefore in the wild seek out natural cover. Their natural habitat includes grassland and agricultural land, although they don’t like the crops to be too tall.

If you are trying to create a natural environment in a run or aviary then some conifer branches placed in a corner or pots with small conifers in would work well. Also bracken cuttings and small branches and logs can be used to help create the natural environment.

I hope this information is useful to you.

Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

If any readers have created successful cover in a run or aviary for quail then I would like to hear from you.

Keeping Quail: A Guide to Domestic and Commercial Management