1.10D observe and record life cycles of animals such as a chicken, frog, or fish

Mr. Wessendorff used to hunt quail on his land.  Quail is considered an indicator species which means that their presence indicates a healthy ecosystem. Quail has disappeared from south East Texas mainly due to loss of habitat (although there are other contributing factors).  Perhaps if we continue to reintroduce quail, we can slowly begin to rebuild the population.

Supply List

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Quail Eggs From Tim's Bobwhites
Brinsea Mini II Incubator
Chick Brooder Warming Plate
Approx. 70qt Storage Container
Game Bird Food (must be 24% protein or higher)

In addition, you will need water, a very shallow container for food and some sort of bedding-- preferably paper towels or fine pine shavings. DO NOT USE NEWSPAPER.   These super tiny birds need something to grip and paper does not work!

Check the calendar!

What day is today? Count 24 days. This is when the chicks will hatch. Is this the day you WANT them hatching? Adjust accordingly.

Easy Start Instructions

Setting up your Incubator

Plug in
Hold the "-" and "+" to unlock
Hit "OK" to set the temp (use the - and + buttons) to 99.5F
Hit "OK" to set the days (use the - and + buttons) to 24

*You do not need to change any other settings except to make sure the "T-Mode" is set to AUTO

Hit "OK" until the end where it says "SAVE"

The screen should have the current temp inside the incubator and the countdown with a spinning line next to it. If you have any letters FLASHING, there is something wrong. Call for support or use the manual below to fix the problem.

You are ready to go! You can unplug the incubator until you are ready to use it. There is an internal battery that stores the information you just programmed.

User Manual found HERE

Starting- Day 24 (1st day)

Did you check the calendar to make sure the eggs will be hatching when you want them to? Plug your incubator in, load up the eggs, fill up the water reservoir and you are ready!

Quail Overview

Do Not Turn OFF Signs




You do not need a fancy light to candle eggs. In fact, the flashlight on your phone works fabulously since it is so small! But your students might find a candling flashlight fun.

Removing Infertile Eggs- Day 17 (7th day)

After the eggs have been in the incubator for about 7 days, it is time to remove those that are not growing. Most likely, these are unfertilized. Go through and candle EVERY egg to make sure you see some growth in it. Those that do not have any veining can be thrown out. (Be sure to put them in a plastic bag and tie up before throwing them away.)

Lockdown- Day 4 (21st day)

This short video talks about how to prepare your eggs for hatch day! You will need to remove the turn plate and add something for the quail to grip when they come out of their eggs. You also need to add more water to keep the incubator humid. This is also lockdown day. Please do not open the incubator until after the quail have hatched! It is important these last few days they have a very consistent heat and humidity.

Hatch Day- Day 0 (24th day)

It is hatch time! Once the quail hatch, you will move them to the brooder box AFTER they have dried in the incubator. This might take an hour...or a few hours. They will be fine without food and water for a while. Make sure to warm the plate up before adding to the brooder box. Use paper towels to line the bottom. Sprinkle some food on the paper towels and also add it to a shallow dish (lid). Do the same for the water.

Moving to the brooder

Care- feeding and cleaning


Returning your equipment and chicks