Keeping Quails: Newly Hatched Baby Quails

| 7/1/2009 4:55:22 PM

Tags: Community Chickens, quail, Taylor Miller, Raising Poultry, Keeping Poultry,

PorkchopMeet Porkchop the coturnix quail (also known as Japanese quail). At the time this photo was taken, she was two weeks old. I think I should tell you, I have a colorful personality, a heart of gold when it comes to my animals and a knack for listing priorities others might call … off. So, when the team at MOTHER EARTH NEWS entrusted me with the care of four baby quails to participate in the Community Chickens project, the first thing I did was to name them: Doug, Beebe, Skeeter and Porkchop — all characters in the ’90s Nick cartoon, Doug (whose superhero alter-ego was, Quailman).Skeeter

Each is identifiable by characteristic markings and personalities: Doug is the outcast who likes to be held. Skeeter is the squeeky one who hates being held. Beebe is the non-descript one who is afraid of being without Skeeter. And Porkchop is the fat, lazy one who plops down in the center of the food to eat and falls asleep on her back.

Having said all that, let’s not front: I know nothing about raising poultry; I never even had a cockatiel. But that’s the beauty of this project: People of all skill levels can come together to "new-fashion" sustainability and learn from each other. And for me, that starts with eggs. Tiny, speckled eggs.

Alex netherton
5/21/2010 9:13:03 PM

Oh, Bobwhite are indeed wild. Coturnix are not at all wild unless you terrify them somehow! I had several generations of them, and if you hatch them yourself, they become the most endearing pets. Would never again keep Bobwhites, but would keep Coturnix today if I had the room!

Taylor Miller
8/21/2009 8:54:35 AM

Hey Cris - thanks for your comment! My quails are all grown up now - see some more photos of them and their eggs at this link:

Cris Trautner
8/20/2009 5:53:21 PM

Having raised button quail and had many coturnix quail as pets over the years, I was delighted to find this article. What wonderful photos! Unlike the ones I've taken (I'm no photographer), they do their subjects justice.

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