The Quail Project
There was some amazing home learning going on during lockdown and here is the fascinating experience of Sofia in Year 9.
To stop us all getting bored and fed up in lockdown, my dad decided to buy us some quail eggs to hatch.
He bought an incubator for the eggs and he built a cage in the garden for when the quails get bigger.
We put the eggs into the incubator for 18 days. Each day we had to keep a check on the humidity in the incubator to make sure the eggs were kept at the right temperature to hatch.
Between 14 and 18 days in the incubator, they started to hatch. This was so exciting to watch. Sometimes we helped them break out of their eggs because they didn’t have the strength. They stay in the incubator for another 24 hours to keep warm. This is where their feathers fluff up and they look really cute.
We then moved them to a Chick Brooder, which is a place to keep them warm whilst they move around and feed. They will stay there for 1 or more weeks until they are bigger and stronger and can move to the cage.
So far, we have 17 chicks. I haven’t named them all as I can’t tell them apart.
It has been so interesting to watch them hatch and grow. I’m so grateful to my Dad for getting these for us. We have had a lot of fun together looking after them.