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chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 11 6:17 pm    Post subject: Quail Reply with quote
    

So, everyone has 35 baby quail in a box in the corner of the bedroom, right?

I am going to take photos tomorrow!

Effie



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
Posts: 1087

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 11 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

No? An enormous Lego rocket launchpad, yes. Actual living things, no.

I did find the world largest spider in the corner of my bedroom earlier. It's dead now though. I squashed it with a handy Dr Seuss book.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 11 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well done.
Easy little things to hatch aren't they.

Nell Merionwen



Joined: 02 Jun 2008
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Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 11 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Effie wrote:
No? An enormous Lego rocket launchpad, yes. Actual living things, no.

I did find the world largest spider in the corner of my bedroom earlier. It's dead now though. I squashed it with a handy Dr Seuss book.


it'll rain tomorrow now....

vegplot



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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Location: Ynys Môn
PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 11 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Not that poor Yorick will care much.

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 11 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

35 baby quail?!! Wow!!!

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 11 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

But they are noisy little gits despite being cute

Kenworth



Joined: 04 Apr 2011
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Location: Michigan
PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 11 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

35 baby quail. Oh yay Chez. I imagine vast amounts of pickled quail eggs next summer. Better hurry with the recipe and washed up bottles.

Pel



Joined: 29 Mar 2008
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Location: Sennybridge
PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 11 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Noisy, pooing stinky little gits you mean

Had 12 once in the corner of the bedroom for a month, took weeks for the smell to go once they went outside.

shadiya



Joined: 02 Feb 2008
Posts: 1285

PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 11 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hmm, quail.... Layers or eaters? I'm thinking of getting some as a cat food resource.... Maybe they'd be too cute to eat? This raw meat diet/vegetarian thing is going to be tricky.

chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 11 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Both, Shadiya. The eggs sell for £2.30 a dozen and I plan to sell the boys for eating. And the girls too after six months - they come in to lay at eight weeks.

shadiya



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 11 7:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How do you keep yours? I was reading some American book recently, permaculture thing, and it was talking about wild quail, which sounded pretty good to me. I've only really heard of people keeping them in aviaries and it all sounded a bit too much of a faff. I like the idea of semi feral quail on the farm, or, do I? Do they dig things up like chickens?

chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 11 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

No. They fly straight up in the air at Mach 10, ricochet off a passing aeroplane and drop dead. Or are eaten by rats whilst stunned.



I am planning on keeping them in 4 foot by 2 foot wire cages (that the lovely Rusticwood is making for me), about eight to a cage, that inside sit on shelves covered with woodshavings or similar. In suitable weather (ie, not too cold, not too wet) I am going to lift them outside on to the grass.

They do seem to like to dustbath, so I am going to have to work that out for them. They are engaging little things - much more interesting than I thought they would be. I have six girls and a boy at the moment and they are quite tame.

I know Spiceycauldron (who I got some of my eggs from) keeps his in a multi-story house/pen thing. And Judith kept hers like that, but had an Unfortunate Rat Incident. I think free-range/semi-feral would probably be unwise, predator-wise. Their reaction to most things seems to be to either pretend to be a statue or to fly a million miles in the air making a noise like a macaw in distress.

Rusticwood



Joined: 01 Dec 2009
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Location: All over the South West
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 11 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Chez wrote:

I am planning on keeping them in 4 foot by 2 foot wire cages (that the lovely Rusticwood is making for me),.


They're nearly done

chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 11 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

*does happy quail dance*

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