Between Thursday night and Sunday afternoon, 44 of the 56 eggs hatched. Four of them had to be culled, and 12 eggs never hatched at all. For our first attempt, a hatch rate of 71% is pretty darned good!!
We've learned a couple of things in the past few days. Just like chickens, quail chicks LOVE to scratch in their feed pans. In two days, they made quite a mess.
Big John came up with a great solution - he covered two Tupperware lids with 1/2 inch hardware cloth.
The chicks have adapted well, and it's cut down on a lot of the mess.
What a fun experience this has been! In just 3 short weeks, we went from this:
Big John is already on the hunt for more eggs!