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Post by Northeastquails on Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:22 am

Hi
I have been blessed with about 60 cotournix quails and only 1 cock so i am looking for some cocks that have lived together to introduce to my girls.
I am also looking for a californian cock and some bobwhite cocks.
Please PM me or e-mail me geejackiegee@aol.com
Please feel free to visit my website www.freewebs.com/cannycavies

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Jackie x

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Post by Northeastquails on Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:28 pm

I am still looking for Bobwhite Cocks
Please contact me if you can help
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Post by lottie on Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:52 pm

I can't help you with your quail request unfortunately - but I have been looking at your website at all your animals - and birds - what an idyllic place you live - and so lucky to have the room for all your animals - great website.

Hope you soon get the quails you are after.
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Post by Northeastquails on Sat Mar 01, 2008 10:52 am

Hi
Many thanx for taking time to look at my website and posting your kind comments, I am lucky to have so much room and alot animals but it's hard work, it's harder when all my 4 boys try and help they make things worse!!!
What quails do you breed??
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Post by lottie on Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:20 pm

Jackie - I am a beginner with quails at the moment. I have a breeding set of Japanese quail - one male and four females - they are in the middle of moulting at the moment so not laying again yet. I also am a chicken lover, all sorts, but now that I keep them in my garden I am sticking to bantams - Pekins, Buff Orpington, Rosecomb, Modern Game, Barbu d' Uccle, Frizzle, Speckledy - but sadly no Cockerel - I wouldn't want to upset the neighbours. So they freerange around my garden. I have bought three aviaries each with a 'penthouse' and ramp up to it - to house the quail I intend breeding, and also have two chicken 'broody' arks with attached runs which will house more if needs be.

I hope to develop different 'blood lines' of Japanese quail and perhaps Bobwhites - still reading up on those - for eggs and meat.

I always dreamed of having a small holding - with all animals - but sadly never had the opportunity. But now retired I have a quarter of an acre allotment plot, so am almost self sufficient. I am in a rural area, with duck and poultry farms around. So my table birds I get ready prepared from a friend - who 'grows' them for me - they freerange and are very well cared for. I drink goats milk from another farm, and get my organic freerange pork from there too and some beef - they are now retired too so are only doing the latter for people they know and 'gate' sales from their little shop on the farm.

I make sausages and burgers, bake or cook virtually everything we eat, so its a happy compromise. I even make my own butter, and body creams, soap etc.

And yes, I can imagine just how much hard work it is - but very rewarding I am sure. -And so much better on a sunny dry day in the summer - when you have time to sit back and enjoy it all, I bet
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Post by Northeastquails on Sat Mar 01, 2008 6:07 pm

WOW, what an amazing place to live. I wish i lived with you to taste all your fine cooking etc. Having all my animals and 4 kids with hubby working away i do not have time to cook as much as i would like. I would love to try quail but dont know of anyone who could dress it for me, the bobwhites are def bigger than the japs so ideal for the table.

Once i finally get a bobwhite cock and start to get fertile eggs, i can always send you some when your ready.

Take Care and if you fancy baking me a cake and send it to me i will not mind at all!!

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Post by lottie on Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:11 pm

I will bear that in mind - but methinks the posties on the way might detour it a bit. lol! lol! Maybe we can swap eggs once we get going. How about buying some fertile eggs and hatching them? Have you looked on the Practical Poultry Forum - or asked on there? It has thousands of members all over - and a lot of chicken keepers also keep quail.

If you still have no luck - I will see if I can track some down in Norfolk and send them to you (eggs that is) I will ask around
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Post by Northeastquails on Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:48 pm

Hi
I have incubated and hatched loads but they keep dying or killing each other, i have got loads of help and advice from mark @ Quails from Wales but nothing helped, i may have to buy some more eggs and incubate later this month.
I will let you know how i get on.
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Post by lottie on Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:58 pm

Sorry to hear that Jackie

Ironsun - is an expert of over 40+ years of poultry rearing - and what he doesn't know isn't worth knowing.

Perhaps if you explain in detail your hatching conditions etc and at what stage/age they are killing each other. Mine are due to hatch the weekend so I don't yet have first hand experience - but I have done a lot of research.

It seems that most 'suicide' deaths occur from drowning - which can be remedied by ensuring that there are lots of pebbles or marbles in a shallow container to prevent them doing that. Also reservoirs in incubators hold the same danger to hatchlings too - so they must also have marbles, pebbles or sponge to prevent that.

As for killing each other - the only thing I have read so far is if they are overcrowded - but I am sure there are lots more factors which may affect that issue. Ditto deaths. Some I have read about are inbreeding - so weak and sickly quail die from natural causes.

As I said - Ironsun (Derek) really is a great person for advice - but he might need more detailed information.

| love Quails in Wales website - really is good - and so glad that you got help from Mark, who certainly has expertise too - but I just thought that perhaps Derek might have any suggestions or thoughts from his experiences too that might be of benefit to you, or even give a different slant on something. Just a thought - as I have no constructive help I can offer - only sympathy and support - which is not much use now

Hope you have more success in the future

I feel nervous having read this - what I might 'be in for' if and when mine hatch out this weekend. So far I have done everything 'by the book' but there are lots of other factors which we do not have control over! Sad
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Post by Northeastquails on Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:13 pm

Hi Lotti

Thanx for the advice, i will contact Dereck when im ready to hatch some more, i am just so busy with my guineapigs at the minute, you should check out my nursery page and see all my babies!!!

How are your eggs doing???

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Post by lottie on Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:21 pm

My eggs are now lovely chicks running around in a big box right next to me - I have put them up on here and on my blog. Thanks for asking - will look at your nursery page.
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Post by lottie on Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:23 pm

I love the Swiss twins and the multicoloured one below and next to the pure black one.

Gorgeous.
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Post by Northeastquails on Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:18 pm

Hi Lotti
Just been on your website and your pics are fab, well done. I am so pleased your chicks are ok, you seem to have some very good ideas in place to save them!!! I will have to try them.
I will keep looking for uptodate pics!
Thanx for visiting my site, i have yet some more babies born this week but not yet put them on my website.
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Post by lottie on Thu Mar 13, 2008 9:43 pm

Oh will keep looking for them - how many have you hatched?
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