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!
Four different coloured chicks will give us four different coloured adults. The colours do not denote sex.
Single chick, most likely red breasted colouring.
To keep track of who is in the lead/how many have hatched, we’ll be updating the list below. To answer a couple of people’s questions, we will not unplug the incubator once we have reached your number.
Family/Friend – Co-workers
- Current hatch count
- – BT
- RP – ML
- – EH
- MA – PB
- – KK
- JD – DP
- EC – AD
- AMD – GM
- AD – DW
- MR – KK
- LD – BT
- – OC
- SP – EH
- – DP
Just got in to find the first button quail chick has hatched! So far, no winners. Still early days. I’ll keep you posted.
We are on chick number two! Hopefully there will be many more tomorrow morning!
Our total is at 3 chicks now. It’s been a very slow hatch and we expect many more to come!
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.
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.
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.
I’ve read many times that hatching eggs is like a drug. Never been on a drug that made me want to raise my own food, but hatching is definitely addictive! I picked up another 40 hatching coturnix eggs last night. Eventually our own birds should go into lay so I won’t need to rely on the breeder as much. All 40 are now in the incubator and within 18 days we’ll have another batch of chicks (hopefully with better results than last time).
On a side note, I’ve also picked up two Chinese Button Quail. If all works out, I’ll breed them as well. Due to their size, they make great pets and not great meals.