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 Post subject: Gwydion's quail
PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 2:56 pm 
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We just started another project

The Framework is nearly done. Tomorrow we will dig the trenches and post holes and put it in place. We ended up with one room for the breeders (2 by 2.5m) and one for the growers (2.5 by 2.5m). The height will come down half a metre when it's in its position, the lowest point on the roof will be 2m. Project name: The Quail Taj Mahal. All walls will be covered in snake wire which will go 300mm into the ground and so far the complete cost is around $450.

Along the walls we are going to plant some passion fruit Which will give some nice shade together with the shade cloth over the top.


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 Post subject: Re: Gwydion's quail
PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 5:55 am 
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I am very interested in your idea! I hope it works well I am still trying to source peecoks and fasans.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:21 pm 
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Interested in the progress on this one mate.

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 Post subject: Re: Gwydion's quail
PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:50 pm 
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Small update, i have ordered a 48 automatic incubator, heat lamps, nipple drinker and so on.

The run is getting closer to completion, only stitching between shade cloth and snake wire, doors, dividing wall and than the outfitting can start. We are thinking about raising the floor level for the wet, covering in mulch and make a sand bath in one corner and a small dry are for the food and for them to hide from the rain.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:43 pm 
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Doors and shelter for the food are ready and the incubator has arrived. Just doing a test run.


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 Post subject: Re: Gwydion's quail
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:49 am 
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Hi there, your run looks great. Just thought I'd share a thought on comments I have seen on the 48 egg incubators. Some people recommend sitting the incubator in the base of the foam packaging while in use to help it maintain a set temperature. Wasn't sure if you had need to try that. Hope you have success.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:39 pm 
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We picked up 39 (hopefully all) fertile quail eggs from a mate. The are setting over night after the transport and will go into the incubator inn the morning.

Matty thanks for the tip, the incubator is sitting in our kitchen and the minimum temps in the night are around 18 degrees at the moment, inside the room it stays around 25with the build up starting soon. I checked the temps with a fever thermometer and i got the calibration as close as 0.2 degree.

Will be hard to keep the humidity down in the wet. ;)

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:04 am 
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The incubator is loaded...

Day 1


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:16 pm 
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The dividing wall and one food shelter are finished and i started on the cages for the day olds until they are ready to go into the big run. Just have to cut some sheet aluminium for the top,back,sides and the litter draw


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Nice, very nice!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:12 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Gwydion's quail
PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:33 pm 
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Soo, cages are finished and i received 2 heat lamps, but unfortunately the second package had only a lamp holder but no ceramic heat lamp in it.

I am not too sure about the eggs in the incubator, they cooled down once on day 5 because of a power outage and than i moved them into the shed which holds heat better in the night but than the temps went up to nearly 40 degrees in the afternoon. :/ not everything can be right on the first try.

I really like the look and idea of the brooder hen heater, for up to 30 chickens (i wonder how many that is in quail). And i have to find something to cover the floor for the first week to make it easier for them, i was thinking a tea towel or similar.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:27 pm 
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The breeder and grower coops are getting the finishing touches applied. We went with deep litter for the floors. I hope that creates a good drain for the wet season and we planted some passion fruit on 3 walls to create more shade and protection.
The small concrete pad with the roof are for the food and so they can hide from the rain.

I have candled some eggs and in some I can see blood vessels going through the inside, I hope that is a good sign. Hard to see something in some of them as they have lots of spots on the shells.


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 Post subject: Re: Gwydion's quail
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:04 pm 
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Watching with interest Gwyd.

So once you get a litter (is that the correct term?), you will grow some out for consumption and keep some breeders to continue the cycle? Or will you be selling them?

I remember BYAP/Faye doing quails a long time ago.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 12:21 pm 
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Hello Charlie.

The plan is to keep 1 boy and 5 girls for egg production, as small as they are they still give you an egg nearly every day. We want to substitute one meal a week with quail and some of the eggs will be boiled for salads etc. Maybe even bitesized pickled eggs. ;)

From egg to plate should take around 6 weeks, after 6.5 weeks they start laying eggs.

I have a mate at work who makes nice sausages and smoked some Barra for us, so there will also be some produce swapping and if someone wants to buy some why not, maybe pay in food bags. ;)

Cheers

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