The bobwhite quail is the most common quail species in the United States. The bobwhite originates from east of the Rocky Mountains and has been introduced to western North America. They are characterised by their reddish brown colouring and have white and black undersides. Quail are monogamous after breeding and gather in groups of about 100.
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Things you need
- Fertile quail eggs
- Red or blue brooder lamp
- Starter quail feed
- Quail feed
- Quail pens
- Manure tray
Set the incubator to 70 per cent humidity while the eggs are incubating and to 37.8 degrees Celsius. After the eggs have hatched, adjust the humidity to 80 per cent. Turn the eggs at 30 degree intervals. Bobwhite quail take 24 days to hatch.
Place the baby quail into the brooder once they are hatched. Use a heat lamp to keep the quail warm. Keep the temperature at 37.8 degrees C. Decrease the brooding temperature every seven days by -15 degrees C at a time. Use red or blue light
Baby quail should be fed starter quail feed. This diet is important because the feed has the necessary amount of protein and vitamins that the quail require as they grow. Feed the chicks this starter feed for up to eight weeks and then begin feeding them regular quail feed.
Move the quail into a pen once they are fully feathered. These pens are rectangular structures made out of wire. They are wire grounded as well to prevent animals from burrowing underneath the pens. Use a manure tray for easy cleaning. of the cages.
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