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Strange Quailing!

I’ve written a lot about chickens. But they weren’t the first fowl that we kept at the house.

As our backyard is quite small we thought it might be appropriate to start off with very small birds.

After visiting a friend, who kept chickens on a larger scale we discovered that quail could suit our needs.

The quail is a game bird, she dwells on the ground in the undergrowth and usually blends in with beautiful dark brown plumage so that nobody can see her.

We managed to acquire our first quail about four years ago. It was a comedy story because we started with four intending that we’d have three females of four females and a male.

It’s quite tricky to tell the difference between quail and it turned out that most of ours crowed quite distinctively!

We ended up making three trips back to the supplier with unwanted boys. It seemed that of the original batch we only had one female.

That year the sweet little quail kept us entertained and they suited our purposes perfectly. We fed them grain and scraps they gave us beautiful tiny eggs.

The following summer after some success and failure with those birds we decided it was time to try and raise are own chicks.

We managed to acquire a box of twelve eggs from a friend. They were fertile and sure enough after 19 days, nine of them hatched successfully. Two of the tiny fluffy bundles didn’t make it through the night but the other seven were strong and healthy.


Of those seven quail we are now in a situation where we have one pair left. I just assumed that these two quail were in retirement now.

Speckles only laid one egg so far this year in March. That was nearly five months ago.

But yesterday there was another egg, unfortunately brown boy had smashed the top of the egg with his sharp beak. The eggs are very camouflaged so I suspect we had not noticed it, not expecting to see another egg.



4 comments on “Strange Quailing!

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    July 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post thank you for sharing have a blessed day


  2. Jem
    July 17, 2014

    I’ve always wondered about quails because there are usually a lot at the pet shops. What are their eggs like?


    • lizard100
      July 17, 2014

      They are very similar to hen eggs but smaller basically.


  3. Rambling Woods
    July 18, 2014



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