In preparation for my quail chickies hatching, one of the things that I bought was a quail waterer.
It looks like this:
After the quails hatched, I learned a couple of things. 1. Quails are messy drinkers and eaters. 2. Pine shavings absorb water like a sponge.
I’d leave in the morning with fresh pine shavings and a full water bottle…and come back in the evening with a sodden mess and a water bottle that needed to be refilled.
I turned to the web and found mentions of others using rabbit/guinea pig waterers for quail. You know, the ones with the little metal ball at the bottom that they move to get a drink.
I bought one of those and installed in in the brooder.
I put a small dish underneath it.
Works like a charm! The quails figured out very quickly how to drink from it, their bedding stays dry, and I don’t have to refill it as often. We’re all happy!
I’ve read of people using these with day-old chicks, so don’t bother with your standard quail waterer.