Sunday, March 30, 2008

Nipple Drinker

Cup Drinkers

Now that spring is here we can move chicks out to hanging pens when they are 2 weeks old. The chicks are to small to drink from the cup drinkers we use for our breeders. Nipple drinkers work well for all ages. Both systems use a pressure regulator.

Cutlers Game Bird Supplies has cup drinkers & our local commerical poultry supplier (Georgia Poultry) has the nipple drinkers already installed on the pvc pipe - 10 nipples per stick. has the nipple drinkers also.

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Friday, March 28, 2008




For the first week the chicks seem to do better with the lights above the bins, not so much for heat but the light kept them spread out more evenly.


The bins was purchased from Walmart (under $5.00), I cut the center of the lid out and hot glued the screen (Lowes under $7.00 a roll - 10 lids / 1 roll) to the lid. The screen has enough give to it to place a waterer using a pint size mason jar with the 1/2 water base.


brooder heater has a thermostat , using 4 -250 watt heat lamp - 2 lamps stay on - the other 2 comes on as needed to keep the temperature just right

This is still work in progress, we welcome any questions or comments

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

We have been working on our brooder house, we installed the infra-red heater but it does not keep the 10x14 room heated at night as we would like. For now we are also using a regular electric heater to supplement the infra -red heater for the night time cool/cold nights. This is working good since the infra-red heater has a thermastat to kick on and off as needed. We are using clear bulbs since Jumbo Coturnix Quail dont have a problem with pecking. Our young chicks (up to a week old) seem to do better still using a light over the bins, I dont think it is so much for heat but they seem to stay spreaded out more evenly in the bin with addition light.
I will post the picture this week end.

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Deviled Quail Eggs

6 quail eggs
1 teaspoon mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard
dash tabasco sauce
salt to taste
1 teaspoon fresh chives

Rinse the eggs under warm water. Place in a sauce pan and cover with salted water. Bring to boil for 4 minutes. drain, rinse under cold water (tip: soak in vinegar for 1-2 hours , drain and peel, the vinegar makes the shell rubbery, easier to peel). Cut the eggs in half lenght-wise. Scoop out the yolk with a very small spoon into a bowl, mash. Mix with mayonnaise, mustard, tabasco sauce and salt. Carefully fill the whites with yolk mixture. Sprinkle with chives and arrange on a decorative plate and enjoy!

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Good Morning,

We have started our brooder house, it is 10x14 with 2 windows and the door. It will have running water & electricity. We will start on the 14 ft wall - with 3 shelves plus the floor space. This will hold a total of 40 bins to place 50 chicks each bin. Wow, that one wall will hold 2000 chicks We have order a Infra Red Brooder with thermostat from Cutlers Game Bird Supply (model #0488) this will keep the brooder house a toasty 95 degrees. Pictures coming soon.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

I came across this neat site:
It's contains info on how to make a bunch of home made devices for around the farm, its worth your while to grab a cup of coffee and check it out.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

We have 2 projects set for this year. Our first is building a brooder house with a controlled heating element set at 95 degrees which will heat the entire house. The brooder house well keep about 1000 chicks till 3 weeks of age. I will post the dimensions, details & pictures as we progress. Our second project will be a flight pen which we hope to have completed before fall.

Our 2 sows should have their litters in the coming weeks, this is always exciting time for our children. We have just hatched out the first of our turkeys and our ducks will be following any day. Tj, our 2 1/2 year old looks forward to the afternoon time when he & his daddy go looking for the eggs ( our ducks & turkeys free range).

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Spring Is Here

Spring time is fast approaching and our incubators has been full for several weeks now. It is still a little to cold at night to ship day old chicks, but we have been shipping eggs when the temperature gives us a break. We have had a colder winter this year, we had about an inch of snow in the beginning of January and a few flurries last weekend, which is very rare for us in the South. If you have any questions on raising quail please feel free to post in comments or email us at

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Monday, March 10, 2008


Welcome Everyone To Our New Blog,
We will be posting useful information on raising quail, game birds, recipes, tidbits and life on our farm. Hope you will join in!