Look what’s arrived!

Yesterday, all the way from Essex at the opposite end of the country, the much anticipated eggs of Coturnix Quail arrived.

Quail eggs

60 eggs are now in the incubator.

quail eggs

The beginnings of ‘Hinnisdal Quail’!

P.S. A piece of trivia; The name of the glen where we live, Glenhinnisdal, was originally Hengist’s Dale, Hengist being a Viking.

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15 Responses to “Look what’s arrived!”

  1. Cecilia Mary Gunther Says:

    wow your incubator is huge! I want quail too .. so i will watch with interest!.. c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Not really, it’s just that the eggs are so small! On average they’re only about 1 1/4″ long. The incubator should hold 72 quail eggs apparently but that would be way too tight a fit. It’s supposed to hold 24 hen eggs but 20 has been our maximum number in the past. We’re really excited!

  2. Barb Says:

    How exciting! How long will they take to incubate?

    • garybuie01 Says:

      18 days which is the fastest incubation time we’ve ever had. Our first B and B guests arrive on the second of April so they’ll get to meet our new additions if all goes well.

  3. RecyclerSA Says:

    Ooh, eggciting new beginnings 🙂 How long to the first chick cheep? Laura

    • garybuie01 Says:

      I guess someone had to do the eggciting thing Laura!! Hopefully, in eighteen days the wee guys & gals should make an appearance.

  4. kathryningrid Says:

    Joy! Quail arriving in the Glen! O happy Viking cousin of mine! 😀
    It’s going to be great fun to see their progress; for now, the eggs are lovely and promising.

  5. garybuie01 Says:

    I thought you’d like the Viking connection Kathryn! As for the eggs, yes they’re beautiful – every one a different pattern.

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  7. Nuri Says:

    I once watched a documentary about quail, where the wee babies were picking away and eating and, without ‘warning’ sign whatsoever, would fall over on their side in mid-pick and—nap! Simply too cute; unbearably cute to me who was self-employed at the time, working pretty much 24/7 incl. holidays… And so that’s where my personal definition of success originates: “Success is to be able to take a nap wherever and whenever your body tells you to.” Still working on achieving that level of success now that I’m retired… 🙂
    Wishing you best of luck with the quailittles-to-be!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      That must have been comical to watch! Wee chicks can behave in a similar fashion. In the past, ones which we’ve hatched ourselves are quite happy scratching around, chattering to each other and the next minute – silence; all fast asleep! I hope that you achieve your goal with the nap thing!

  8. pattisj Says:

    Such tiny little treasures!

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