Thursday, August 4, 2011
Little Chicks = Big Problems
............Fresh from the shell...chicken on the right and quail on the left.
If only I knew then what I know now, I would never have bought the parents of the quail.
Who'd a thunk these tiny chicks could be so much trouble????
They are better escape artists than the great Harry Houdini.
And faster than The Road-Runner !!!
They have been escaping from my incubator either from the vent in the rear (which is now screened over) or leap from the door when we open the cabinet. Either way means a injured chick which eventually expires.
I keep the incubator on the back porch on a stand so I can keep a close eye on it. Sadly, so do my cats. Any chick that survives the fall and is not immediately found by me or Wifey doesn't last long. I also keep my brood boxes on the porch. And my dang cats figured out how to get into the one I had for the quail chicks. (second generation of the Quail box as they escaped from the first through tiny vent holes that I swore they couldn't fit through)
So now it's back to the drawing board to come up with a new solution. (I think I need to get an ACME catalog from Wile E. Coyote). Another problem is that regular feeders and waterers are too high for the chicks to use. So jar lids must suffice and that means constatly filling them. Especially the water in this heat wave.
My little quail hen has been laying an egg almost every day since we bought her, it is too bad that she has NO nesting instinct ( I was warned when I bought her that they have been bred in captivity so long that the nesting instinct was gone). So far I have not raised a single quail chick.
But the cats are well fed.