Button quail incubation has begun!

On Thursday, 36 Chinese button quail eggs arrived at the door. We had them shipped from a breeder in Alberta who carefully packed up each egg in a Fort Knox of foam. Luckily they arrived on a day when the temperature was above zero so the eggs stayed warm.

It’s a shame we didn’t hatch these eggs sooner. If we had, we would have had our own birds laying edible eggs for Easter. Imagine an Easter egg hunt with these colourful eggs instead of Cadbury mini eggs? Raw button quail eggs instead of chocolate ones would be a great way to ruin a kids Easter.

Sorry, embryo filled, not chocolate.

Sorry, embryo filled, not chocolate.

When the button quail hatch, they will be roughly the size of a bumblebee. Off topic, but that reminds me of when I swatted a hummingbird after mistaking it for a wasp when I was a kid. Don’t worry, I missed. For a size comparison of quail eggs, see below.

Two eggs on the left are from a button quail, while the one on the right is from a coturnix quail.

Two eggs on the left are from a button quail, while the one on the right is from a coturnix quail.

Although the incubation has begun, there is still time (13 days to be exact) to get in on the wagering. Just see the old post for available numbers.

Thoughts?