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Callipepla gambelii, Gambel's Quail are quite common in the wild in the southwestern United States. And their pleasant call is a symbol of the Southwest - it is a sound effect featured in many, many Western movies! The Gambel's Quail are one of five species of native quail.

Gambel's Quail were named after William Gambel who was an early field collector of birds in southern California. These are beautiful birds and certainly would be exquisite additions to any avian collection. Gambel's Quail have the black, comma-shaped top knot on their heads; males have larger top knots than females and are quite flashy in their overall markings. Male Gambel's Quail have blue-gray scale-like feathers with dramatic white markings and chestnut red heads and undersides along with black and white facial markings. Females are beautiful too - with similar markings and patterns just in more muted shades.

The Gambel's Quail and the California Quail are the quintessential image that comes to mind when someone says "Quail." The Gambel's Quail are very similar to California Quail, but they are a little larger, being about 11 inches in height and length and about 6-7 ounces in weight. And they are a bit flashier with lighter and darker contrasts in their feathering.

In the wild, they live in large family groups or coveys, and in captivity they have proven highly adaptable and tame easily. Quail are producers as well; they lay wonderful and gourmet speckled eggs and produce high quality speciality meat. Both are highly prized by chefs and are in high demand especially in urban areas.

Gambel's Quail eat mostly vegetation, seeds, and some insects. A non-medicated game bird feed has been proven successful with quail. Start with a non-medicated game bird starter for chicks.

When designing the quail aviary, keep in mind that quail do especially well when provided with scrub for roosting and for hiding in. They do not do well in overcrowded conditions, so provide plenty of space.

For hatching eggs, you will need either an incubator on hand or a broody bantam hen will also do. We recommend a styrofoam tabletop style incubator for your first time hatching eggs. We recommend an automatic turner for 12 or more eggs. And as quail eggs are so small, you will also need a special quail size rack or quail-size cups for the automatic turner.

Incubation Time: Gambel's Quail Hatching Eggs will hatch in about 21-24 days.

Temperature/Humidity: Gambel's Quail Hatching Eggs will hatch best if incubated at 100 degrees F, decreasing to 98.5 degrees F during the final three days of incubation. Humidity should be kept at 50% until day 20, when it should be raised to 60-65% until the chicks hatch. Turning the eggs 3 times a day for the first 20 days is a solid practice. After day 20, stop turning the eggs.

Special Incubation Notes: Start up your incubator 2-3 days before your eggs are due to arrive. This gives your incubator time to fully come to temperature and to stabilize humidity levels. It is also a good practice to let your newly arrived eggs rest at room temperature for about 12 hours before placing them in an incubator. Place them large side up in a clean and dry egg carton. Incubators should be kept in a room with a constant even temperature and out of the sun.


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