We can’t say the hatch results were stellar, but they are what they are. So in total we had six chicks hatch which means RP & BT were the closest, and as a result, the winners. Congrats! Your winnings are on their way. As a consolation prize for all the losers (we’re in that boat too), a video of the week old quail chicks. (0:16 is the best part)
We are still sitting at four chicks hatched. Apparently, button quail are notorious for taking their sweet time hatching. In the meantime, we moved the chicks over to their new home from the incubator and started them on food and water as their internal yolk sacks are almost spent. Even though we were only dealing with four chicks, it was incredibly hard to contain them! We almost lost one off the side of the desk when he decided to do a runner.
All happy and safe in their new brooder, we took some pictures. Below you’ll see how unbelievably small they really are! You’re essentially looking at birds the size of bumblebees!
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.
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.
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.