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    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 3:40pm (Mar 8th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Yep, we moved the girls cage because I felt they were tame enough to free range :D

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    That little area seems massive to a quail :tooth:

    They both did really well; they were nervous for the first ten minutes (yet ventured out immediately), then after that initial nervousness they were climbing on me for the first time ever, happily taking treats etc.

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    Kale on the left, Quorn on the right

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    Quorn did walk behind the back of the cage / around the pen which was hilarious as she was just exploring our shelves :rolling:

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    I swapped a level in their cage to make access to the door easier, the lowest level faced the same way as the other two but I turned it sideways

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    And Kale keeps going up top and then SCREAMING for her sister to join her :sarcastic:

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    Video of adorable quail time :)

    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 3:44pm (Mar 8th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Having the girls has made me so much happier; chickens have been such a huge part of my life and not having them left a big gaping hole in my heart. The quail have filled that. The fact that they need such a smaller coop and can live indoors are obviously huge bonuses too.

    These girls have been home about a month and a half now, and their taming is coming along in leaps and bounds. I can pick Kale up with no fear or amount of struggling (Quorn is not a fan of being picked up), they always take treats from me and even though they had only ever seen my hands / face before today they were happy to walk around my legs, climb on them etc.

    I absolutely adore poultry, there is just something about chickens / quails that make them incredible pets and I am SO happy to be able to have this again :bigsmile:

    I cleaned them out today, the bottom took about 40 minutes due to all the levels but it wasn't so bad. I'm excited for the next time they get to come free range!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 5:00pm (Mar 8th 2016)
    They look so cute and I must admit I am amazed at how they are so happy to be indoors and be such nice pets. I have only ever seen them in Aviary's and they would always rush away to the back real scared. Just goes to show what you can achieve once you have their trust. So glad you have them and that they make you happy. xxxx Lovely photos by the way and how the heck can you tell them apart. I was looking for obvious clues but to no avail
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 5:41pm (Mar 8th 2016)
    They are so pretty...but like NN, I have no idea how you work out who's who!
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 7:11pm (Mar 8th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw thanks NN :) We are amazed with how tame and loving they are too! Everything I read said they would be fleeing anytime you looked at them, and these girls have just gone from strength to strength...I love them to bits and Lyle is absolutely smitten with them - they're his first pet poultry!

    Ah okay, there's one really easy way to tell them apart - at least in person ;)

    Remember how Penny had a cross-beak, and she eventually snapped it off on a brick? Well Quorn has a deformed beak too, it's about 30% longer than Kale's!! When you see them in person it is REALLY obvious, and it's also kind of shovel shaped too...square at the end...whereas Kale's is a normal triangle :smile:

    I'll try find a pic that shows it better...

    Long beak:
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    Normal beak:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 1:41pm (Mar 9th 2016)
    Ah I see it now but if she snaps that extra bit off you will certainly have a hard time knowing who's who !!
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 6:58pm (Mar 9th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    I think I'd have to dye their legs different colours :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 7:31pm (Mar 9th 2016)
    They will look like little hens in tights ha ha
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 10:32pm (Mar 9th 2016)
    Sounds painful-will she be able to eat ok if it snaps off?
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 9:09am (Mar 10th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate it's just the same as when Penny snapped her extra section of beak off :)

    It should just come straight off - it's like clipping a dog's nails, they have no sensation until you get to the quick. Having said that it might not snap and, if it gets to the point where she struggles to eat, we will have to sort something ourselves.
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 3:47pm (Mar 10th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    The girls love their time out...Kale was inside tottering about today and me and Quorn lay down next to each other and both fell asleep!!! I woke up when Lyle got back with Kasper and Quorn hadn't moved either :bigsmile:

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    Quorny girl :heart:

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    Video of Kasper 'meeting' them, me teaching Quorn to step onto my hand, and general footage of them pootling :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 11:03am (Mar 11th 2016)
    What good little girls I am so amazed at how friendly they are and My word Kasper is such a good boy also just looking on so calm xxxxxx
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 8:12pm (Mar 11th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha NN I wasn't sure it would be wise letting the girls so close to him, but he rocked it! Long way from the dog who used to dive onto our tortoise's cage every time Ron moved!! Yep the girls are doing wonderfully too; not only do they get excited about their free range time already but if they're both in the cage and I step into their pen Quorn especially will come running out and up to me to say hi :heartsabove:

    I burnt the hole up to their second level today, I made it twice as big to try make getting up and down easier...Quorn could get down but not up very well, and Kale always went up then got stuck and started screaming!!! Well since having a meddle they can both get up and down and are much happier, so hopefully fingers crossed the quail mansion is complete!

    My parents are up near us tomorrow so it'd be cool if they could pop in and see the girls!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 8:49pm (Mar 11th 2016) edited
    Awwwe that's just so cute and dinkey. I really hope your parents can come over to you tomorrow I think they could do with a hug or three especially after the loss of their two lovely girls xxx
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 10:31pm (Mar 11th 2016)
    I bet you and Quorn looked so sweet cuddled up asleep together! They are doing so well.
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 6:19pm (Mar 12th 2016) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    She's lucky I didn't roll over and crush her Kate :gasp:

    My parents met the girls today, my dad was amazed with how tame they are...we swapped eggs too haha, they gave me a mix of standard and banty eggs, and I gave them some quail eggs!!

    Oh, here you can see the modified hole leading to the lower level...we increased it by about 30% and moved the ramp underneath...they can BOTH get up and down with ease now *phew*

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    They got a wooden ramp in the pet delivery today too...

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    ...AND A JINGLEY BALL!! (which they were really unimpressed by :rolling: )

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    I bought the girls some compost today and gave them a Habitrail Suite (hamster cage!) as a dust bathing area, it is such a *perfect* size, and the lid might hold the sand in a littler better too...they seemed to like it :smile:

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 7:15pm (Mar 12th 2016)
    How nice to have an egg swap, and such a good idea. Those little girls tickle me pink they are so trusting and like to have a look at every thing Bless them xxx
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2016 7:52pm (Mar 13th 2016)
    Would Aubrey like the jingly ball? It might be stimulus in case she has any hearing at all.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2016 8:31pm (Mar 13th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    CC Aubree got one too and the piggles got once each :rolling: Think I'll give the quails' to the chins as I forgot to get them one (oops) and they really liked their last :smile:

    NN we moved them into a larger cage today and even Quorn was really well behaved for being picked up and carried cage (a crate) has a huge door though and it's so easy for the little buggers to slip past - they were having the time of their life pootling out to range as I was trying to sneak their waterer in!! :rolling:

    Will post cage pics in a new thread!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 4:17pm (Mar 14th 2016)
    Wonderful little birds they sure are comical and full of mischief xx
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 4:56pm (Mar 14th 2016)

    Keeper of the hens

    NN since moving them into a bigger cage they don't even want to come free range!! Had the door open a few hours now, they come out for a few seconds then decide the crate is better :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 10:41am (Mar 15th 2016)
    Well just goes to show what a good move that was they sure are happy they are in there.:cheer: