We started off just using the eggs but now we raise quails for both eggs and meat. Its a simple way to raise your own meat when space is a concern because quails don't need a lot of room. We also get so many eggs we can hardly keep up with them.
|About 3 days worth of eggs|
Our eggs started hatching on Friday night, but the incubator shouldn't be opened until the babies are dry. They can stay in the incubator for up to 24hrs so I left them over night to finish hatching and drying
|Our Brinsea Octagon 20 incubator|
Warmth is provided by two sixty watt filament globes, but in summer I could probably get away with using only one.
For the bedding I use an astro carpeting type of fabric on the floor so that the babies to not get splay legs. I once used newspaper and a few babies got splayed legs, but as soon as I notice I changed it for this astro and the babies got better. After about a week I replace it with newspaper and hay/wood shavings. The astro gets dirty very quickly and it is quite a mission to clean, but it is important for the first week. They will only stay in this brooder for the first few days.
Splay leg is when the babies look like they are doing the splits and they cannot get up and walk, they just drag themselves around the brooder. It happens when the bedding substance is too smooth and slippery and they can't get a grip with their little feet. If you catch it soon, it is fixable by simply changing the bedding.
|Brooder set up, nice and clean before babies go in|
|Can you see us?|
|Instantly pecking at the food, or huddling under the light to get warm|