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    How to Raise Baby Quails

    ArticleBird AdviceFriday 27 May 2011
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    Baby quails for sale can be raised for a number of reasons – one of them being their meat – but the most important one is their suitability as a fun, cute pet bird. Luckily they requite very little care to raise successfully.

     Quails are prolific breeders and it will often do to gather and hatch the eggs in an incubator to speed things up and increase production. A word of warning: if you have an orphaned (or emancipated) baby quail, you can’t introduce it to other adult quail until it is fully grown – they will probably try and attack it. Hand-raised baby quail become quite tame. Hold the young quail daily, so it becomes accustomed to you.

    Cover the top of a 10-gallon aquarium with a screen lid to keep the young quail from jumping out. Suspend an aluminium 60-watt heat lamp above the aquarium. Clip the heat lamp to the side of the aquarium and point the light downward.

     Place a thermometer into the aquarium to monitor heat. Maintain the temperature at 95 degrees Fahrenheit for the chicks' first week of life. Move the light further away from the cage to control the temperature. Drop the temperature to 90 degrees F. the second week. During the chicks’ third to fifth week of life maintain the temperature in the aquarium at 85 degrees F. The chicks will not require extra heat after five weeks of age.

    Next, line the bottom of the cage with paper towels, using at least three layers. Place a shallow bowl of non-medicated game bird starter into the aquarium. Free feed the quail chicks. Also, provide a poultry water dispenser with fresh, clean water. Line the tray of the water dispenser with marbles so the chicks cannot fall into it and drown while drinking. You must clean the cage daily to prevent mould, which can lead to nasty illnesses for your baby quails. Discard the paper towels and re-line with fresh paper towels. Wash the water dispenser and food bowl. Move the the quail to a cage or other poultry housing facility when they reach five weeks of age. Now, you can finally introduce the young quail to adults!

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