Quail have arrived. Finally found someone north of Denver with a good stock and variety for breeding purposes and they were very nice, answered all my questions and are starting to breed button quail. They are going to call when they have more and depending on how the quail are I might add them.
Quail were hatched a few days ago. One of them doesn't look like he is doing well, I will see if he makes it through the night. I can't imagine the car ride was pleasant. He was fine when we checked midway, might be altitude difference.
These are the Japanese Cortunix Quail. Colors are pharaoh their wild color, the dark brown one, English white, we only have one of those babes, the full yellow one is going to turn white, and the Manchurian Golden, these are the gold babies with black stripes. One pictured in my hand below.
Lost another one! Heat lamp is on and working, temp is 93 degrees. Other chicks seem to be doing fine again but I thought they were doing fine before. Now we have 8 out of 10 chicks still. Both of them were the brown color which might not mean anything. They have been eating and drinking. :pullhair:
Quick update. I finally put our male mouse with our three females. bitbyter should I remove the male after ten days or should I just let him raise the young with the girls. I've heard of doing both. I had to wait a little while because one of our girls was not big enough. One girl is absolutely terrified of him, of everything really. She squeals like I'm killing her when I have to move her to clean her tub and weigh her. She whines if the male gets close to her. I have no idea what to do with her.
Our two other female rats are still to small for mating so I am going to wait till I am back from my vacation to weigh them and pair them then.
Asf's are doing well but I'm pretty sure none of them are pregnant. They have two hides, a wheel and way more space than our mice. Not sure what's going on with them either.
With the ASF's all you can do is wait. I never hear them. Mouse sex on the other hand is loud! As for removing the male from the females, that is your choice. I rotated my male between two tubs of females so he had his own small tub.
Is it odd that I'm excited for you? Hehe my satin mice were kept in the same tank at the pet store so I don't know if the one female I bought was already pregnant or not but I do know she gave birth last night/this morning! I'll update my thread with pics later today. I'm terrified of disturbing them too much!
I'm like 99% positive that Merryweather our "hairless" (she's actually a rex or double rex) momma is pregant again. She has gained 50 grams in two weeks and her belly is swollen. She is very irritated with her young as well and had some discharge on her vagina. If she has the babies, I will have to remove her first litter and wean them early. I am going to supplement with goat's milk, baby cereal, and some baby food. They are all eating and drinking on their own but they are still nursing so I want to help them along. Also the runt of the litter is a big concern because he isn't thriving as well. I might cull him if I have to remove them early. I don't want him to suffer and I'm going on vacation where I cannot keep as close as eye on him. My fiance is staying and will take care of the animals. (ferrets are coming with me) But he won't be able to be as attentive and I don't want him to starve to death or get to cold and not be able to regulate his body temp. I think culling him early is a better way to go.
I have sexed all the babies. I have four females (all big and feisty!) and three boys (one is the runt) one if really healthy. I'm going to hold him back and one of the girls. I want the rex siamese genes and since mom carries dumbo I want that as well.
I'm going to adopt mom out as soon as this next litter is over. Two litters so young in her life and I think she deserves a life of luxury as someones pet.
Our quails eye is still pretty bad. We are using vetericyn on it and it will open up a little and then close back up again. I have feeling he will lose it, or we will lose him. Extremely frustrating at the moment. I just hope I have enough females to breed and at least one male.
Definitely a few bumps in the road trying to get things started. I'm doing the best I can for these guys. I think that everyone is happy. Out of the eight quail, seven are completely thriving and lively. Out of the 7 rat pups, 6 of them are doing wonderfully. The rats are doing great, the boys have started tumbling around their cage together. The mice are fully integrated together and the male, Monstro was on the wheel with our black girl, Snow. Asf's are doing what they do, chewing on the chews and wheeling like mad men. All and all I feel like they are doing great.
sasdkljfa;lsdjf!!!!!! Just a note I hate petstores who breed irresponsibly.
Momma rat, Merryweather, was being super cranky today and wouldn't let her young ones feed. I decided that I should separate them before Momma hurt her young ones. I went out and got soy infant formula and when I got home this evening I put the babes (only three weeks and a day) into their own bin. They are lapping up the formula just fine and can eat and reach the dry food. I was going to monitor their well being and to decide whether or not to keep them out but went I went down there just a few minutes ago Momma was already giving birth to her second litter. I quickly put everything back down and left. I hope she is going okay. In an hour or so, I will go see if she still doing okay. She was a good momma so I'm thinking she will be fine.