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Using Quail Eggs #1 – Boiling and Shelling

One of the important upsides of keeping quail is that you get a daily harvest of clean, fresh eggs. Nutritionally, they are no different to eggs from chickens – and they can be prepared and eaten in all of the same ways as you do with chicken eggs. One obvious...

Creek Street Micro-Farm – April 2013

An update on our progress with Creek Street Micro-Farm. A couple of previous Farm Journal posts will connect you with Creek Street – from its earliest days till now. This schematic of our place shows the layout of everything – except the “back...

Japanese Quail #7 – the Post Mortem

Incubation is about hatch percentages – and every unhatched egg is an opportunity to review (and improve upon) your management practices  Any competent incubator operator should be able to conduct a basic post mortem examination of the unhatched eggs. Incubated...

Japanese Quail #6 – Analysing the Hatch

The hatch commenced some time prior to 6.00am yesterday – by which time, we had 8 chicks.   By nightfall, the numbers looked to be around 25 chicks.    I ended the hatch at 7.00am on Thursday 2nd May – number remain unchanged from 25. Theoretically, we...

Japanese Quail #5 – Hatching Chicks

The hatch is underway. My partner Jan drew my attention to the fact that “there is somethin’ happening in the incubator” at 6.00am this morning – and she was right.  The first 8 or 10 chicks were staggering about drying off. Last night, some...