Not all good news

Sadly, out of the sixty quail eggs that we incubated, only thirty-two hatched, six of those needing assistance. So far, four have died, a couple of them are looking a bit dodgy on their pins and one has a bendy neck!. We’ll see. I don’t know, I just feel that the incubator was perhaps too full, even though it’s meant to hold 72 quail eggs. It’s just that when they begin to hatch, they’re clambering all over the un-hatched eggs, generally having a good old game of football! Consequently, when there’s a reasonable number of hatchlings, we ship ’em out to the brooder. The problem with this is that the incubator humidity drops which isn’t ideal.
Today, I thought that I’d do a wee bit of housekeeping in the brooder. Getting the chicks to move into the non-heated run was enough of a challenge, one which I finally conquered by getting a piece of cardboard and using it like a snow plough to guide the wee guys next door, then blocking off the entrance. I took a video of the result, which made me smile!

Honestly, you’d think that I’d banished them to the arctic the way that they’re competing for the circle of heat! Anyway, we’ve ordered a further 36 eggs to make up the shortfall. More room in the incubator too!


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9 Responses to “Not all good news”

  1. thesnowwoman Says:

    That is disappointing and sad. Poor little guys. The ones that you have are adorable, they look so tiny. Good luck with the rest, keeping my fingers crossed for you.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Thanks for your crossed fingers! I ordered a further 36 eggs yesterday in the hope of making up the shortfall. I think that fewer eggs in the incubator will help matters. We’ll see.

  2. Barb Says:

    That’s sad. I guess you have to put it down to a learning experience and just keep trying.. better luck next time. I enjoyed the video.

  3. writeanne Says:

    Aw, the chicks are funny on the video clip. All the best with the next batch.

  4. kathryningrid Says:

    I sure hope that things are cheerier and better soon with your little babies! So glad that some of them are perky. So sweet! πŸ™‚
    xoxo, and a happy existence to the hardy little survivors!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      It’s been a disappointment I have to admit but it’s just a hiccup in the proceedings and I’ve ordered more eggs to make up the shortfall. They are lovely wee birds though and I think that they are going to be a pleasure to rear!

  5. Diane Fairhall Says:

    Wow, that was one hell of a catch-up! πŸ™‚ We have been to Orkney and back and enjoyed it although the weather was rubbish (feels like 6 and 30mph winds).
    We will be visiting the Western Isles again next year, so may see you. πŸ™‚
    Diane xx

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Glad that you liked Orkney Diane. The weather would have been equally rubbish on the Western Isles this year. We haven’t had a spring yet, never mind summer!

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