These quail chicks are nothing short of amazing! Due to an awful mistake I made in setting up their brooder, I came home to find the habitat soaked with water, and the poor little "day-old" chicks in a pile with not one dry feather among them (50 of them). I couldn't decide at first glance if I had cooked them and they were sweaty or what. I then saw the wet wood shavings and the water bottle trough completely full of shavings (there were glass rocks in the trough bottom). It was a perfect example of wicking! I grabbed the poor wet-to-the-skin shivering chicks and wrapped them in warm towels while I worked with 4 or 5 at a time under the heat lamp warming and letting them dry out. about an hour later, we were good to go. I replaced the wood shavings with paper towels, and they look like a bunch of ants running busily here and there.
Those little things are tough as boot leather! I was hoping to rescue 50% of them, but so far 100% success. I hope this helps someone else avoid a king size stomach ache, I was quite ill over it.
Northern Bobwhite Quail Chicks
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