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Discussion in 'Poultry Row' started by IttyBittyBirds, 5/8/19.

  1. EkkieLu

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    They are just adorable! Do you have to hand feed them all by yourself?
     
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    They have a little more independence, they are like chickens and can walk and forage within a short time of hatching. They do need guidance from their parents as to what to eat. Chickens are very diligent about looking out for their little ones. They also gets heaps of wing hugs :xflove:

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    In captivity they can self feed from dishes easily. They also benefit with practice chasing crickets as a treat.
     
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    They are cute and low maintenance too! How cool is that!!!
     
  4. IttyBittyBirds

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    Luckily Quail are MUCH easier than parrots! They don’t need to be handfeed. I do grind up their flock raiser crumbled feed in a coffee grinder to make it even finer since they are so small. Once they are older I will add in crumbled up freeze dried meal worms, and chop, plus finch seeds. As adults they LOVE live bugs too like crickets and mealworms. When they first leave the incubator I usually show them were water is by gently dipping the tip of their beaks in the water so they know where it is. I also “peck” the food with my finger and kick it around a bit so they learn where the food is :)
     
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    That is so cool! I never knew any of that. They sure are cute little guys!!!
     
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    Thank you! I can’t wait for them to hatch! They have a SUPER quick incubation time. Only 17 days!! :wideyed:
     
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    Take a video if you can of them hatching! It's so incredible to see!
     
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    I will try my best!
     
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    I can't wait to see the little bitty hatchlings!!!
     
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