You wouldn’t have thought February was a popular time to start hatching, but over the weekend we’ve been fortunate enough to have 70 new chicks hatch and all are growing fast. We have a mixture of the bigger Coturnix and the small Chinese Painted quail, here’s a picture showing you just how different they are (and hence why we keep them in separate brooders at this age – they mix quite happily in the aviary once full feathered). As you can see, the Chinese Painted chick was a little camera shy.
The mild weather this year has encouraged our aviary birds to lay early, and here we have a recently fledged diamond dove making friends with a few 4 week old quail. This clever chick has learnt that these new mild mannered friends are an excellent way to keep warm!
Here is a picture of our new baby zebra finches living in the avairy with our quail.
The Quail are starting to lay eggs in time for Christmas
This is the first time these four week olds have had so much space and no heat, they all seem very relaxed and happy, even sleeping during the day. Not a bad life they have.
The chicks all very happy after bit of a dunking, the hair dryer worked wonders. Long time since i used one for myself.
We will be attending the Mole Valley poultry sale at Bridgewater, Somerset on the 4th October – bringing along plenty of point of lay quail including Japanese, Italian and Chinese Painted. We’ll also be bringing a few budgies along from this years hatch. Hope to see you there!
This weekend we had a very successful hatch, with 45 Coturnix and 12 Chinese Painted successfully hatching. This picture was the sight that greeted us Saturday morning.