Breeding king quail in a Brisbane Summer

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GregH
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19 Jan 2014, 10:58

I've never had much success with any quail species and until late spring I'd never even successfully breeding king quail. My old hen went clunky when her youngsters were 3 weeks old and the that latest clutch hatched 4 days ago but started dying immediately! I soon worked out that the previous clutch attacked the new balls of fluff as soon as they came out from under mum so I removed their half grown siblings, The deaths however continued and today only three youngster remain and their condition looks dire. When I was in the Philippines most mysterious deaths could be traced to snakes or coccidia but here in Brisbane it's been so hot and dry I doubt it's the latter and in spite of loosing 4 Gouldians to a python around New Year's Eve I doubt it's that either. I suspect that they are dying from heat stress as their siblings grew up in the same cage with the same diet and water dish. The chicks become lethargic and lay out on their bellies with their wings & necks stretched out before expiring. Any thought would be appreciated.
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roma9009
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19 Jan 2014, 11:54

Sounds like poisoning of some kind, how about spider bites

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