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Quail in the Classroom

Without a doubt watching an egg become a tiny fluff with legs is one of the most wonderful experiences in life. We personally think all children should be able to experience this and support teachers who allow their students that chance. Even though we have posted some of our own videos of chicks hatching we believe there is nothing like watching a chick hatch and grow before your own eyes.

Even in the classroom though, great consideration needs to be given to what type of eggs will be best for your individual situation.

How long the hatch will take?
How much growth will the chicks do while in the classroom?
Housing requirements of the species?
Where will the chicks live after schools out?
Will the chicks be able to be held?

Chickens Tend to be a common classroom experience but for those of you who are looking into gamebirds and ducks we would like to offer a few thoughts to think about.....

Chinese Blue Breasted Quail -
       PROS- The incubation for eggs is 16 days. The chicks mature in a relatively quick time line and can have adult feathering starting at 6 weeks. Being the world's smallest their smaller size allows for less need of room. As adults they can be keep easier by adoptive families than many other species. They have a number of colors to keep the kids interested in as well.

       CONS- Eggs are to dark and small to be easily candled. They can fly at a young age. Their small size may make them hard to handle for younger kids

Coturnix -
       PROS- Coturnix come in an array of colors. They have a quick development. Incubation is 18 days and they mature in approx. 6 weeks. Their larger size and more docile demeanor would allow for more handling.

       CONS- The eggs are cream with spots. The dark spotted layers make it hard to candle the eggs completely though somewhat visible. They are larger and need more room than a quail such as the Chinese Blue Breasted.

Bobwhite Quail -
       PROS- Bobwhite make a wonderful chatter and have a great call as adults. The eggs are perfect white and though small are very easily candled.

       CONS- The chicks tend to be more aggressive than others in our opinion. A small injury may be pecked at until it is gruesome or even fatal. 

Ducks -
       PROS- They are extremely cute! Our favorite baby bird around here!  Their eggs are large and growth can be readily seen through the shell during incubation in many breeds.

       CONS- Ducks have a longer incubation time. They also can be trickier to hatch than many birds because of the thick waxy shells. Humidity is a heavier requirement and opening the incubator often to candle the eggs can be a huge disadvantage. Ducklings are a much messier to raise than many of the other birds.

Pheasants -
       PROS- Pheasants are an incredibly colorful bird. They have a great personality. 

       CONS- Pheasants often have a dark colored egg shell as well as a smaller egg. It is often difficult to see development of the embryo. The chicks grow rapidly and take up much more space to raise as well. Once the chicks become adults they would need adequate, spacious housing.

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