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Bumble bees with legs

As “deaf as a quail” is a Dutch expression but our quails have poor vision not hearing.

Their story is funny. The were conceived as a result of a few glasses of wine!

If that sounds weird I’ll explain! A quail keeping friend of ours gave us dinner one evening. We had three quail already but when we went to see his we established there were mating pairs in the enclosure.

Next day we left with a box of eggs.

Next step find an incubator!

We knew we could wait three days to start the incubation process and find out what to do.

Eventually we borrowed an educational incubator designed for three hen eggs.

The process takes 19 days for quail. We installed the eggs and started waiting. I was sceptical.

After some time it is possible to ‘candle’ an egg. This enables you to see blood vessels and begin to glimpse the embryo inside the shell.

Sure enough we were able to see a twitching.


The rest of the days passed quickly and soon enough a tiny crack appeared. “it wasn’t there yesterday!”

<a href="http://“>quail story

Seven baby quails like bumble bees with legs.


8 comments on “Bumble bees with legs

  1. rabthepict
    February 17, 2014

    They are soooo cute.


  2. lindaswildlifegarden
    February 17, 2014

    AWESOME and thank you for sharing


    • lizard100
      February 17, 2014

      They were so cute!


      • lindaswildlifegarden
        February 18, 2014

        if was allowed to keep them I would had to get read of my chickens as we live next to a grain store across the road from us


      • lizard100
        February 18, 2014

        That’s a shame!


  3. litadoolan
    February 27, 2014

    I know I am repeating the other comments but sooo cute!!! 🙂


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