Currently, many students are not at all aware of this fascinating species of bird and its devastating loss of habitat. The Quail in the Classroom program provides interactive opportunities for students to learn about the habitat requirements and the life cycle of the Bobwhite, and the need to manage and enhance the habitat for this remarkable and elusive bird. There has been an onset of “Quail Fever”.
We will be opening up applications for the next scholastic year – 2013-14 in the spring.
We have about 40 2 wk old quail in the 54 gal rubbermaid tub. They have been difficult to keep supplied with water over the weekend and seem to be getting a bit crowded. Is this too many birds in 1 brood pen?
After 27 days of incubation, we have baby quail. Four are splayed on both legs, one is splayed on one leg. We applied a band-aide to that one and it seems to be up and walking about.
We have successfully hatched 20 chicks. 19 are very healthy. Our last little chick was born with deformed feet. Fortunately, we have some amazing physical therapists on our school staff who have been using pipe cleaners as splints to help this little chick. He seems to be doing very well.
Our quail began hatching on Saturday afternoon. By Sunday afternoon, the majority had hatched but we continued to have a few stragglers hatch until Tuesday afternoon. Out of the 120 eggs, we ended up with 106 viable eggs after candling. We hatched a total of 94 quail and have lost 2 so far. The brooder is full and everyone seems very happy. My third graders are busy grinding food with a mortar and pestle in between their normal assignments. I hope everyone is having success with the project.
On day 25 we still have eggs hatching! We now have 9 chicks–3 in the brooder box and 6 still in the incubator. What a great experience for our students!