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With my first hatch of button quail (Chinese Blue-Breasted Quail/King Quail/C. chinensis), I had only one chick hatch out of fifteen eggs that I set. At day ten I candled, and found four infertile eggs. On day 16 (hatch day), there was nothing. I chekced the thermostat and the dial had been moved a litle, and the temperature was several degrees lower than it should be. In the end (on day 22), my one baby hatched, with assistance. The next day I opened the other eggs carefully. All were dead. Four were fully developed, but failed to pip. Another was fully developed, and pipped into a blood vessel on the membrane, and either died of blood loss, or drowned, and one was mostly developed, but quit a few days before lockdown. The remaining eggs were only a tiny bit developed (about day four for a chicken egg, so day 2-3 for buttons), and some had been damaged in shipping, and didn't develop at all. I'll be posting pictures of the single chick soon.
 

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I recieved 29 eggs on tuesday or wednesday, and opened one to check for fertility. It was fertile, and today is day 2 of incubation for the new eggs. I will begin turning them tomorrow, three times a day.

There is also a chicken egg on day 6 in the incubator, which should hatch the day after the buttons.
 

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Heres a picture of the brooder. She's the only babyin there and was so lonely for the first week.



Ten gallon aquarium
Red heat bulb
Heat lamp
Non skid shelf liner
Paper bedding

For water: mayo lid with marbles to prevent drowning and chills
For food: mayo lid with gamebird starter
For sleepy time: dark colored sock. She shoves her face under it and falls asleep.
 

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Spankie (I did not name her. I often call her Yolo because she gets as high as she can and then jumps.), cuddling with a sock. She loves the sock.
 

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Here she is in my hand. I have a pretty small hand, too. She's very tiny still, and already nine days old. I'll try to get a picture of her newly forming feathers tomorrow, but she doesn't stop moving and it's hard to snap a photo so fast. I may use a video if she won't hold still.

 

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Adorable! I was looking into many of the little quail varieties when we still planned to move out to the country and I'd have a bigger house.

I am determined to get them, someday! They're just too adorable. I may have a bleeding heart for all things cute/pitiful, though...

Can't wait to see more of this.
 

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They're pets. Someday I hope to get chickens, and maybe get a few eggs from them (mostly I want sebrights though, and they're not great layers). I wouldn't be able to use my birds for meat. I don't like meat that much anyway, it makes me feel ill. Plus buttons are way to small for meat. They only get to about the size of a chicken chick as adults.

They do lay eggs. They actually lay an egg everyday, but the eggs are very tiny. I would probably collect for a while and then use them for cakes nor something. Sadly, eating eggs on their own make me feel sick. I'll post a pic of one of the eggs next to a coin for reference in a few minutes.
 

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I don't have any change right now, so I had to dig around in my jewelry box for some coins. This is all I could find that I recognized.

 

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I had to euthanize my betta Hella, today, who was a PetCo baby betta rescue. She was a pretty blue plakat girl, and she suddenly developed dropsy two days ago. I tried to help her, fresh clean water, kanaplex, but I couldn't help her. Today she started bleeding around some of her scales, and I did not want her to suffer anymore. I have no clove oil right now, except one drop. I mixed it up and she went to sleep, and I had to use blunt force to end it for her. I wanted to necropsy her, but I couldn't due to the method of euthanasia.
 

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Sorry I'm not uploading any candling pictures, but I'm trying not to interfere too much this time. Button eggs are also quite dark and difficult to see through. I've candled a couple eggs one time so far and can barely see anything. I didn't take pics, mostly because they are so small and therefore cool more quickly than other, larger eggs, so I only had them out for about thirty seconds. From what I could tell, though, they seem to be where they should.

I'll be getting a new flashlight soon, a brighter one, so I'll try and candle and get pics with that later.

The chicken egg is developing as well, right on schedule, and I can see movement. I'm not sure I'll be keeping the chicken chick, because quail can catch disease from chickens that will kill them. Usually the chicken doesn't even have any symptoms, and is perfectly fine. Most likely I'll be giving it away if it's a pullet. If it's a cockerel I definitely can't keep it. Plus, you can't just have ONE chicken. They're quite social and require at least one companion.

I may spam you with unrelated pics tomorrow, of my family friends animals... Lots of goats, a horse, several chickens (where I got my one chicken egg from), a rescue pigeon, a zillion guppies, a pair of VT angelfish, and a cat. They had a dog, but I believe he recently died. I've not seen him for a while. He was old though, so I suppose that's why.
 

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I MIGHT have picked up some more eggs for my incubator while at my sister's birthday party yesterday. A family friend lives right next door to the house that party was at, and I got some eggs from their small flock. I believe they are silkie mixes, but I'm not too sure. The silkie was broody on them when I took them, but they were fresh eggs from that morning, so they'll still be viable. The silkie's daughters are the only other hens in the run, so they are all part silkie.

There were also two other broodies, sharing a next box, and they were super aggressive, but pretty small. I did managed to get the eggs out (also laid that day, and still viable), but I already had two eggs to take, and I just gave them to the owner. Those broodies were mean, though.
 

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Lockdown was two days ago, and I'm expecting pips in the next 48 hours. I also candled on of the two chicken eggs I brought from my sisters party, so here's a pic of a day four chicken candling.


 

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I'm so excited! I can't wait for them to start hatching. Maybe I'll take some pictures of Spankie and post them, to at least distract myself. Also, I probably should track her growth, it's just so interesting. They grow up so fast!
 
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