To be honest, I've been considering quail for a while.
I never made a journal, but two Sundays ago, my chickens were eaten by what I think was a racoon
I swear the world hates me. I haven't lost an animal for almost three years, but that ended this winter. Now I have poor little Snowy, a true survivor. Believe me when I say she's good at everything, she is.
Anyway, I made an incubator, and it works GREAT! The couple of days I've tested it out, it's maintained a good 101*F and a humidity of around 53%. Perfect. You know, until lockdown comes along and I'll have to increase the humidity quite a bit...
Last week, I ordered a dozen button quail eggs off ebay, after doing much much more than sufficient research, of course. My mom tells me to stop reading about birds so much, and that I know enough already. I tell her one can never know enough.
The eggs are due to arrive today. They were shipped by priority mail on Monday by the person who's in Wisconsin (I used to live there, actually)
And of course, it's just like me to have the brooder perfectly set up, the feed all bought, and the plans for when they grow up already set before I even get the eggs. They take 17 days to hatch for button quail, so I have some more waiting to do. Not nearly as much as the tragic time when I waited from February to June, when every day was torture, to only find that I wasn't getting my chick chicks
, but that's a story for another day.
Here's an interesting thing: I used a sword to hold the brooder lamp up. It was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of long things that would fit in the lamp
Wish me luck! I'll be posting pictures when the eggs arrive. After all, I have to let them rest for a day or so to let the air in them settle after being shipped.