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Date Posted: 00:45:54 11/09/10 Tue
Author: Michaela
Author Host/IP: 222.153.142.67
Subject: Got a bit of a situation - Quail has got a family and is laying again!

Hi guys,

I have a male and a female quail that have just hatched a lot of babies together 6 silver chicks. Even though the father, Ben has done almost all the looking after, the family is going great.

Chicks are two weeks old, were fully feathered at exactly one and a half weeks (even head was feathered is this early?!) At the moment still small two thirds grown.
So, babies have become independent, and mother has made another nest and has laid three eggs in it!
I do not want to stress her out with another lot of babies so what do I do? The current lot of chicks is her first hatch.

So what do I do?

I have these ideas:
- Remove eggs and hard boil them and feed back to mother for more nutrients (their main crumble is 20% protein - will she be getting too much?)
- Blow the eggs (I have done this lol very fun) and let her sit on them...?
- OR should I let her sit on the eggs, hatch the eggs and Ben can look after another lot?

Thanks heaps for your help!

(NB babies are all spoken for, will be picked up at 6 weeks old, or early as they were fully feathered at 1 weeks...?)

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