After the success of the last quail wagering, we are running it again! This time we’re hatching Button Quail. These quail aren’t normally table fare, but instead are kept as pets for their ease of keeping and for their song. On Feb 28th we will be setting 36 eggs in total. If you would like to join in on this winner-takes-all bet, email me to reserve a number and have $2 ready. If we fill all the numbers, the prize will be $72! Check back here for available numbers and updates on the hatch! To open things up to more people, we are doing two lists, one for family/friends, and one for co-workers.
***8 chicks in total hatched, leaving J with the pot of $34!
In the spirit of good fun & some fortune, we started a little Quail Hatching Pool. 18 days ago I placed 22 eggs into the incubator that our first batch of quails laid. With there being no way of telling whether the eggs were fertile on day one, we decided to let other people in on the mystery. For $2, punters could place a bet on the number of chicks that would successfully hatch, and the winner would take all.
Below are the wagers, the punters, and the leader. We’ll update this page often with results as they come in. As quail can hatch over a number of days, we won’t close the competition until Saturday morning. I used initials to maintain privacy for all of us.
It looks like we’ve come to the end of the hatch now. In total we had 16 out of 40 hatch. Not very good results. Once I’ve let the eggs go cold, I’ll do another necropsy and see if the left over eggs were even fertile.
We’ll post some photos later of the 4 1/2 week old chicks next to the new ones.
Very minor note, but all of our hens are finally laying in the designated nestbox. Not that it has a little sign or illustrations to help them understand, but it’s a dark, cozy, little spot that if I really had to, I’d probably pick to lay my eggs. We’ve had one bird who lays from atop the roost and just lets her eggs hit the floor in the run. Luckily, there is usually enough shavings underneath to soften the fall and we haven’t lost any eggs. But today for some reason, she put two and two together and realized that the little area with all the other eggs and golf balls (decoy eggs) in was the place to lay. I know not very exciting, but it’s now going to be much easier to collect eggs. All we have to do now is train them to put them in cartons and in the fridge.
Couldn’t really wait to eat that 89g egg the barred rock laid yesterday, so when the chance presented itself (that chance being lunch) I dug in. It fried up perfectly, the yolk was a beautiful colour and runny. This is actually the best egg I’ve ever tasted! It looks like two eggs, but it’s actually just the one:
I think I need to clean that pan a little better around the handle next time.