We went to the Shurdington Hamster Show, near Cheltenham. We took the Quail with us, because there were a few people who had expressed an interest in meeting them.
They turned out to be one of the main attractions there - most people popped over to take a look at them. We have now chosen names for them all. Our original 3 are Waylon and Rose, and the third (aka Scaredy Quail) is now Dan Quail.
Our new quail are Daisy (which was the name of one of our original quail til we found out she was a he) and Maggie (short for Margaret Flapcher - I know, terrible name).
We took Hank & Peggy and Vande & Graaff along to enter into the show. Vande was a last minute decision. He had had an infected scent gland, which looked like some kind of red cauliflower growth on his belly. We got some anti-biotic from the vets but it didn't seem to be making any difference. A few days ago it magically disappeared. We're not sure if it fell off or he gnawed it off but it now looks fairly normal.
We collected two new quail on Sunday. This now gives us 3 females and 2 males. We haven't thought up names for the new birds yet but our unexpected male has now been named 'Dan Quail'.
To introduce the birds, we set up a makeshift 'pen' in the living room. We put a bin bag down on the carpet and surrounded it with cardboard boxes for walls. The quail don't fly very well at the moment so that was enough to slow down any escape. Everyone seemed to get along ok so we put them all in the cage.
The easiest way to tell male and female quail apart is to examine their chest feathers. Females have a speckled chest but males are plain and paler.
When we bought our quail, one was definitely male, one was definitely female and the other looked like it was developing the speckles so was considered a possible female. Unfortunately the speckles have faded and it looks like we have ended up with 2 males and 1 female.
We've not decided on a name for the pale quail yet. He's a bit more timid than the other two we currently have Waylon, Rose and Scaredy-Quail. It's better to have a high female:male radio so we are going to collect some more females soon.
Emma had been wanting to buy some Quail for a while. We eventually found some for sale near Halesowen. They are just over 3 weeks old, and if we keep them indoors during the cold weather, the 2 females should start laying eggs after 8 weeks.
We have 3 of them - the male is called Waylon and the females are Daisy and Rose.
Quail are notoriously stupid birds. I remember reading a story in the newspaper about someone who bought some and kept them in the garden. They were too stupid to take shelter during a hailstorm, and afterwards they were all found flattened in the mud. When ours eventually go into the garden, we will have a large rabbit hutch for them, so they will hopefully be safe from both the elements and any foxes or cats.