How to raise a baby quail

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How to raise a baby quail
Raising quail can be very rewarding. (suicidal quail image by Wendi Evans from

Quails are birds that have been gaining popularity as pets. However, raising a baby quail can be quite challenging. A baby quail is not only fragile and helpless but also needs constant warmth that its mother usually provides. A baby quail needs a high-protein diet and a comfortable home. On the other hand, if you have the time and energy, raising a baby quail can be an unforgettable learning experience.

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Things you need

  • baby quail
  • brooder
  • red clay brick
  • quail starter feed
  • 100-watt heat lamp
  • nonskid matting
  • "Dry Stall" mix
  • shallow jar lid
  • aquarium stones
  • thermostat

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  1. 1

    Purchase a commercial brooder or breathable covered tank with a 100-watt red or blue heat lamp and a thermostat installed to regulate temperature for your newborn quail.

  2. 2

    Keep the temperature of the brooder 35 degrees Celsius the first week and decrease the thermostat by -15 degrees C each week until the brooder reaches a consistent 21.1 degrees C, which is when you don't need the heat lamp anymore.

  3. 3

    Put a red clay brick under the light in the brooder for the baby quail to warm up against.

  4. 4

    Line the bottom of the brooder with nonskid matting for the first few days after your baby quail is born and then change it to Dry Stall, a mix of horse bedding and sand that can be found at feed stores to give your baby quail some traction for walking around.

  5. 5

    Pour water in a shallow jar lid and place aquarium stones in it so the baby quail won't fall in but will be able to drink from around the stones. Refill it frequently.

  6. 6

    Feed the baby quail starter quail feed from the pet store or grind up game bird starter feed in a coffee grinder for the baby quail. This is important because the starter feed has protein, vitamins and minerals.

  7. 7

    Teach your baby quail to peck by sprinkling a bit of chick feed on the brooder bottom, and tapping the food with your fingertip. This is an instinctual survival skill for your baby quail.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use a white heat lamp if you are raising more than one baby quail because it causes the baby quails to peck at each other.
  • Do not put your baby quail with an adult quail if your baby quail was hatched from an incubator because the adult may try to kill it.
  • Keep your baby quail from falling because it causes your baby quail to develop straddle leg, a condition in which the quail's legs grow outward instead of directly beneath its body.

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