Growth Record for our first Quail Hatch

Here is an update on our first hatch. The birds were moved outside and had their brooder light cut off and still prospered!

Growth Record for our first Quail Hatch

Our first hatch and there growth record. We will weigh them every 7 days and select breeders based on growth and laying rates. All birds in same brooder and fed same food.

 Hatch 1 EGGS FROM KENTUCKY
DATE SET  NA
AMOUNT SET 62
INFERTILE 20
ROTTEN 9
DIED 12
DOB 7/30/2017
AMOUNT 21
COLORS HATCHED
WHITE [Texas A&M ] 9
BROWN [Jumbo Pharaoh ] 12

Here are the growth charts. All birds in same brooder!

We started weighing on 8-1-17 at 3 days of age and every 7 days after. Weighed all birds and divided by amount living. As of day 10 no fatalities 🙂 This period is using total weight of both sexes as we can not distinguish the 2!

 

Weight gain in our first hatch.
Weight gain in our first hatch.

As of 8-17-17 we have not had any mortalities ! They are almost big enough to tell the sexes apart and we will start following the weight gain by sex and breed.

NOTE: As of week 3 it seems that the whites are falling behind on growth!
NOTE: on 8-15-17 we moved the hatch to regular pens with 1"x1/2" wire bottoms. They were a little hesitant to move around for a few hours and we also introduced them to the new watering system. This is a shock to them as they lost their racial diversity and some heat from the heat lamp in the brooder. We hope it does not effect the weight gain.
NOTE: On 8-17-17 we moved the birds outside where nights are about 85 and days are 90. Again, we hope for no slowing of growth but anticipate it.

Here is a short video showing this hatch compared to another hatch a week later!

This little fella or gal showed up in the eggs from Kentucky. It looks like a tibetan or rosette variety. And we are seeing males and females! Breeders all 🙂

UPDATE 8-22-17:

After a rough week outside , the birds adapted rather well as their number showed BUT we lost a bird! No… I really mean we lost one! No idea on earth where it went! No sign of trauma or struggle. We are putting a game camera on them to see if it was a snake but rather doubt that as we are not in the country and there are lots of cats around! We had expected a slowing of growth as the birds were usd to 70 deg F temps and their 24 hour a day light but it seemed not to matter 🙂 The browns are outgrowing the whites a little bit. 4.94 ounces to 6.42 is a huge difference!

Here is an update on our first hatch. The birds were moved outside and had their brooder light cut off and still prospered!
Here is an update on our first hatch. The birds were moved outside and had their brooder light cut off and still prospered!

UPDATE 9-13-2017:

A lot happened since last update! We had a hurricane hit and we lost power for a week or so and we missed weighing the birds one week. We got all the czges re-modified also. We went from 1″ clearance to 5″+ clearance between bottom  of the cage and the poop try!. We also opted to get a 6HP shop vac to deal with the poop collecting! Things were getting a little “SHi**y”

ANyway, with all the commotion from running 2 generators around the birds 24 hours a day plus the activity of us working on the cages , the flock went from 12 eggs a day to 10! No great loss. We made our first sales also! SOld 36 babies and 8 3 week old birds before Facebook stopped our ad on a group sales page 🙁 Facebook can ruin about anything they touch sometimes!

What we did find is that the birds are starting to slow down in weight gain! They are crowing now but no eggs.  Here is the latest weighing chart:

Growth of our first hatching of jumbo and Texas A&M quail
Growth of our first hatching of jumbo and Texas A&M quail. We were hoping for eggs by now 🙁

Our goal of 400 grams probably wont be met as the growth curve is flattening out a little AND the fact we are not allowing the birds to be empty of feed before we weigh them. They do have a craw like a chicken and it can hold a lot including water! It is hot and they are always drinking it seems. Time will tell.

UPDATE 9-14-17: First egg from the Kentucky Jumbo Whites!

UPDATE 9-15-17: First egg from the Kentucky Texas A&M!

7 weeks old tomorrow!

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