A terrible update on my quail nest…It was right on the border of my land and my neighbors land. He was trying to be nice and made an extra pass with his lawn mower over on my side. You can guess the rest…yep… mowed right over the quail nest!!! But wait…all hope is not lost. Amazing as it may sound, the mower was high enough that it didn’t actually hit the eggs and the wheels didn’t roll over them either- so the eggs were still there. However, because it is now in short grass, mom abandon it- it checked several times that day and that night and she didn’t come back.
I was so excited about having some new quail here that I decided this couldn’t be the end of the story. So I took them all (there were 14 by then) and have them in my incubator now. I candeled them and they hadn’t started to form at all, which means that going without mom’s warmth for a day or two probably didn’t hurt them. Once she starts sitting and the embryo forms, they can’t get cold, but before that they can and it looks like that is when I caught them. My incubator probably won’t have as high a hatch % as mom would have, but if I get just one chick to be born and I raise it till it can be safely released, it will be well worth it. Plus, it will be fun watching them hatch.