Recently, in another post, I eluded to having a quail project on the go. After doing pretty extensive research, I decided we would give raising quail a try. What initially attracted me to the birds was the claim of quail eggs being better tolerated by those with food allergies and, the biggest positive, that quail eggs can even help alleviate symptoms of asthma, allergies and eczema. While I don’t believe quail eggs are a panacea, raising quail appears to be easier than raising chickens so I thought, “why not?!” A post about an Easter-Hatch-Along on the Backyard Chickens website secured the idea of hatching quail for me. As such, I set the quail eggs around March 10th in the hopes that they’d hatch Easter weekend. As it turns out, they’re set to hatch on Easter Sunday! Won’t D&K be thrilled to see more chicks hatching and especially on a day that, rightly or wrongly, has become associated with baby chicks and ducklings 🙂
Quail eggs actually don’t take as long as chicken eggs to incubate. By Day 14, which just so happens to be today, they’re ready to be moved to a hatching setup and turning of the eggs ceases. By Day 17/18 the quail chicks should be hatching. I chose the basic Coturnix Quail variety of birds as they’re reportedly the easiest of all quail breeds to hatch for the first time quail owner(s) – like us 🙂
Finger’s crossed for a successful hatch and I’ll post updates of the chicks as soon as I can!