Sep 21, 2012
Hello my MH friends!
I just wanted to share a funny story to give you all a little laugh.
My hubby and his friend bought quail eggs a few months back, we incubated them, hatched them. Hubby and his pal split the flock. The birds as used as training aids for our hunting dog (for those who are thinking "OMG!!"....no, the dog doesn't harm the birds, he just locates them).
Anyway, as it goes, both of us have lost a few birds due to various things (predators, illness). It happens. Hubby's friend's quail had started laying eggs in the past few months, so they decided we would incubate those eggs, to replenish the flocks a bit.
We've incubated lots of birds over the years...chickens and now quail. It's a pretty meticulous process...temp in the incubator has to be just right, along with humidity, etc. WELL... THIS time, we didn't do things "eggsactly" right, because the guys thought the eggs weren't viable, reason being...a hen had sat on them for a few days, then left them behind. Everything you read states that if there is any interruption in the incubating process (either in nature, or artifically), the birds won't hatch.
SO, we put the eggs in the incubator, kind of half a$$ed, and did the basics, but weren't nearly as fussy as we have been in the past. Hubby just said yesterday he wasnt even sure exactly how many days the eggs had been in there. Incubation time for quail is 23 days. He told me yesterday he was going to give them another day or two and then discard them, as he said they never had a chance, there were too many issues.
So, last night around midnight, I went into the kitchen to get a drink, the incubator is on the counter. I heard a funny, but familiar noise. Sure enough, there were 4 newly hatched baby quail running around. LOL. We just couldn't believe it! So, our 4 new additions are doing fine, fluffing up, running around, drinking. :0) We said, it just goes to show you, especially with nature, where there's a willl, there's a way. We also said that all the prior hatchings we've done, we probably didn't need to be so over the top crazy with every little detail. There are 4 eggs left in there, we're optimistic we'll probably get at least one or two more.
Just thought it was funny! I was quite shocked, I'll say! All in all, it was an EGGSELLENT outcome! ;0)