After a long and anxious wait (16 days for the king/button quail and 21 days for the normal chicken eggs), they’ve arrived.
All up, the hatch was a great success. Of the 14 king quail eggs that I set, 10 hatched. They are zippy little things – and take no time at all to hatch when ready. The chicken eggs on the other hand, seem to take forever from pipping stage (when the chick first makes that crack in the shell with its beak) to actual hatching out.
They are so cute!
Here are the chicks in their brooder (14 hatched out of a possible 20)