Tuesday, May 18, 2010


The quail are growing but they are still quite little. Now they have wing feathers and sweet tiny voices. They are so very very nervous. They are nervous of any sound, any movement, any adjustment of their light. They are terrified of all water and food changes. I expect that they will feel nervous about training with our dog.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Up From the Ashes

On Tuesday evening, I rolled these quail eggs and closed the incubator. They needed to remain warm and still for their last three days before hatching.

On Wednesday afternoon, our kitchen caught on fire and power was cut off from the house. The incubator was unharmed, but the temperature inside dropped much too low. We moved it from sunny spot to sunny spot, and then to Grandma's house to get it plugged in again. Thursday hatch day came and went. Friday came and went.

Today, Saturday the quail have survived and are hatching. Now we have all made it through.