Monday, September 01, 2014
The quail have come.
Technically these are a birthday present for Nighean Dhonn; she has some at her school and decided she wanted some of her own. However, they coincide with my own goal of greater independence at any level.
They are a mix: 4 Texas A&M Coturnix quil and 2 Straight Coturnix Quail. They are somewhere between 3 and 4 weeks old at this stage: old enough to be away from the brooder but not fully feathered out yet. From everything that I read, they reach the beginnings of maturity and egg laying starting at 6 weeks.
I am excited. We cannot keep chickens where we currently live but quail should be small enough to escape the notice and annoyance of everyone: they are quiet, they are small, and their caging can be low to the ground.
I still have a few things to work out, like ultimate living arrangements (I have an idea, but I need to get some cover going) so they are ensconced in a cardboard box where we can hear them talking to each other.
This is going to be good - and fun.