Quail – part deux!

Our second batch of quail eggs seemingly got lost in the post so the supplier sent replacements which arrived today. I’m just ‘revving’ up the incubator for “Quail-Part Deux!”

quial eggs

Our first batch of birds are two-weeks-old today and continue to be entertaining! For the past few days they’ve been practising their jumping technique; this is a skill used in the wild as a means of escape when surprised by a predator. They can get a good distance off the ground using their in-built springs; about two and a half feet in fact, which is quite startling to observe. The comical thing is, that when one of them performs such a feat of athleticism, after landing, the athlete poses, legs apart, head and chest forward, just as though he’s waiting for onlookers to award him points out of ten!

There’s also other incubation going on around the place. Mrs Under-by, one of the musco-teers, has set up camp in the ‘over-by’ coop in the lower nesting box.

Mrs Under-by

The thing is, the over-by coop is actually the home of the guinea fowl! I suppose that at least this time she’s IN the coop rather than UNDER it!!
There is other seemingly serious nesting going on too. The ‘box-within-a-box’ which we always provide for Broody Brenda has been adopted by Louise, the silkie. Brenda meanwhile, has made a lovely nest behind the box, within the main body of the coop! I don’t know, but maybe there’s all this sudden nesting just so that the birds can get out of the weather! We seem to get a couple of good days, then we’re bombarded by strong winds and hailstones! Maybe you can see the next squall brewing at the bottom of the glen; at least when we see such a sight, we can head for cover in plenty of time!

Rain coming!


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14 Responses to “Quail – part deux!”

  1. Cecilia Mary Gunther Says:

    Quail eggs and so pretty and so tasty. And they lay pretty fast I think? Your guests will be trilled by quail eggs in their salads. How are the dinners going by the way? c

    • garybuie01 Says:

      About 8 weeks to lay I think. I don’t know whether the guests will have much chance to try the eggs as our business plan is to sell to local hotels/food outlets along with the meat. I’m sure there will be one or two spare now and again though! The dinners are great! We’ve not had too many yet but in some ways they are a lot easier than breakfasts when timing can be crucial – especially when all four guests want different egg types!

  2. nettyg Says:

    How wonderful to sit there in your bay window and watch the weather head towards you, a beautiful view. Sad to think there’s a box of little lost eggs “out there ” somewhere. The eggs are pretty.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      I tell you, it’s much better being on the inside of that window when such ominous clouds can be seen; they move fast! I agree, it’s very sad to think of those lost eggs with their lost wee lives.

  3. Gaye Murray Says:

    Quail seem quaility entertainment….
    Curious to know if guinea girls got egg things going on yet…about their time now…???
    Could do with their services here… plague of ticks !!!

    • garybuie01 Says:

      Nice to hear from you Gaye! The guineas are doing just fine and although they’re settled into pairs, we’ve not noticed any of the males doing the ‘on guard’ thing, except for one who was on the lookout while his girl sat in a hollow just outside the coop. She didn’t leave anything in the hollow though! When come across any evidence I shall post it on the blog. It’s been so cold though, hardly favourable for guinea romance!

  4. manicmumdays Says:

    Gorgeous quail eggs! They sound very entertaining 🙂
    Love that last pic – theres quite a storm brewing!

  5. pattisj Says:

    Love those little speckled eggs! Fun to watch chicken behavior–most of the time.

  6. writeanne Says:

    I’m fascinated by the concept of eggs arriving in the post. Just about got my head round it. I’m with your birds – in this weather a cosy nest is the place to be. All the best with the hatchings.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      It is peculiar to open a package of eggs! You can get live chicks too but I draw the line at that, the wee things must be petrified! I don’t know about you Anne, but I’m ready to say farewell to wintery weather and welcome spring for more than a couple of days at a time!

  7. Gerlinde Says:

    The little Quail eggs look interesting. How any will you raise? Send some of those clouds over to California, we desperately need rain.

    • garybuie01 Says:

      There are 36 this time around and there are currently 24 youngsters in the brooder. Today we have a GORGEOUS day, so maybe I did send the clouds! Hope you get rain soon.

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