Quail bet results and quail chick video

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)

Button Quail Chick Photos

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.

Four different coloured chicks will give us four different coloured adults. The colours do not denote sex.

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Single chick, most likely red breasted colouring.

Quail Hatching Results

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

  1.  
  2. Current hatch count
  3.      – BT
  4. RP – ML
  5. RP
  6.      – EH
  7. C
  8. SAP
  9. MA – PB
  10. PR
  11.      – KK
  12. JD – DP
  13. EC – AD
  14. AMD – GM
  15. AD – DW
  16. MR – KK
  17. LD – BT
  18.      – OC
  19. BR
  20. SP – EH
  21. DP
  22.      – DP
  23. FD
  24. DP

 

Hatching has begun!

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!

Button Quail Prizes

To add to the fun, the winners of the quail bets will also receive a dozen quail eggs (for eating, not hatching) and their choice of either a bottle of home-made Irish cream liqueur or 6 bottles of home-made stout on top of the cash takings.

With hatching to begin in a week, there isn’t much time left to get in on the wagering!

Quail Hatching Round 3

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.

Family/Friend   –   Co-workers

  1.  
  2.      – BT
  3. RP – ML
  4. RP
  5.      – EH
  6. C
  7. SAP
  8. MA – PB
  9. PR
  10.      – KK
  11. JD – DP
  12. EC – AD
  13. AMD – GM
  14. AD – DW
  15. MR – KK
  16. LD – BT
  17.      – OC
  18. BR
  19. SP – EH
  20. DP
  21.      – DP
  22. FD
  23. DP

Bet soon, bet often!

 

Quail Hatch Wagers

***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.

Number of Hatched/Punter/Status

  1.  
  2. ML – out
  3. EH – out
  4. SAP – out
  5. C – out
  6. AKD – out
  7. JD – Winner!
  8. LD
  9. AD
  10. RP
  11. CD
  12. PB
  13. EH
  14. CD
  15. SP
  16. CD
  17. TF
  18. DP

 

 

Christmas Quail Hatch Totals

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.

 

New Quail Eggs in the Incubator!

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.

How to float test quail eggs

Well it’s been 21 days and any chicks that should have hatched should be out by now. Before we start the scrambled eggs, I wanted to make sure that we are right to give up on the eggs left.

The best way, at this point in time, to see if the eggs are still viable/alive, is to float them in water. The water must be exactly the same temperature as the air in your incubator otherwise you will chill and kill any unhatched chicks. Each egg is carefully lowered into the water. The results are as follows:

  1. If it sinks, it never had a chance.
  2. If it floats high in the water, it is mainly air and not viable.
  3. If it floats low, viable egg.
  4. If it floats and moves, viable egg with a chick wondering who threw it overboard.

Of the 19 remaining quail eggs, one floated high and the rest floated low. So as it stands 18 are viable with a slim chance of hatching at this late a date. Each egg was patted dry and quickly placed back in the incubator. The final 18 have until tomorrow morning. After that the incubator goes cold and the necropsy will be completed in the evening. Don’t worry, I won’t post photos of that.