With the fabulous help of Christy, from the Seattle Farm Coop, we are now officially are on our way! Christy and her son took us on a tour of their own quail operation, which gave us some great insight into what to look forward to. We rented a styrofoam incubator from Seattle Farm Coop, which we have now updated with a fan to help maintain temperature and to aid in air circulation throughout the incubator. We are very excited that in 17 days we should have our own flock of quail for eggs, meat, and cuddling enjoyment!
We now have 55 diverse eggs from Christy, her neighbor, and a breeder in Redmond. We are expecting a 50% hatching rate, which means that in two weeks, we should hopefully have a bustling brood of cooing quails! In the meantime, we'll be turning our eggs, monitoring the temperature and humidity, and reading bedtime stories to our (hopefully) thirty-some thumb sized brood!