A MUST book for ALL bird breeders. You will be submerged into the amazing world of birds. After reading this book, you will have a much better understanding on how birds see the world. This is a comprehensive book that can apply to not only quails, but all birds in general. A must read!!!
Book: A Closer Look At Button Quail
A Closer Look at "Button Quail" By Jodi McDonald
THIS LIMITED TIME OFFER IS FOR AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE MOST UP-TO-DATE AND MOST COMPLETE BOOK ON CHINESE BLUE BREASTED QUAILS. Aka Button Quails
This is the best and most complete book on Chinese Blue Breasted Quail that has EVER been written! If you REALLY want to be successful, this book is a MUST! I have read this book over and over again many times because it is such an outstanding book. It is imposible to grasp every piece of information in one read. This book has changed the way "Button" Quails are looked at, cared for, and it has helped many truly understand these amazing little quails. I personally recommend this book to you because it really changed the way I view these little quails and it helped me understand the Chinese Blue Breasted Quail.
If you are serious about your birds... this book is an absolute MUST!!! This is NOT a pamphlet nor a brochure, This book is 276 pages and about an inch thick, full of DETAILS and IN DEPTH study on Button Quails, PACKED with an astonishing over 30 years experience breeding and raising Button Quails and over 10 years of full time extensive research on these quails!!!
Have you ever wondered why you have to turn the eggs when incubating them in the incubator??? Have you ever wondered how the hen remembers to turn the eggs out in the wild when she is incubating her own eggs???
To help you realize what kind of book this is, I have posted a excerpt of the book. This is just an example of what you will learn in this book:
"While the broody hen incubates her eggs, she becomes uncomfortable with the extra heat that her body produces in the area of her breast. To relieve her discomfort, she constantly turns the eggs under her body. The turning takes place approximately every 18-30 minutes. The number of times she turns the eggs is influenced by weather conditions as well. On hotter days when the air temperature is high, the hen will roll the eggs towards the outside of her nest and sit very lightly on them. On cooler days, the hen will roll the eggs in closer to her breast, turn them more often, and sit tighter on them. Amazingly, by doing this, she is able to maintain the temperature of the egg at 99.5 to 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit (37.5 to 37.7 Celsius). The hen's constant turning of the eggs accomplishes two things: First, it rotates the egg so that the cool side that has not been in contact with her body now touches her breast to help relieve her heat discomfort. The exterior shell of the eggs that are exposed to her brood patch can be as much as 5 degrees warmer than the side that is exposed to the ground or floor of the cage. Second, because the embryo is located on the upper side of the yolk, each rotation exposes it to fresh nutrition. The area of the yolk that the embryo is in contact with is slightly lighter than the rest of the yolk, and as such, it tends to float upward toward the side of the egg that is closest to the hen's body. In other words, with each rotation of the eggs, the embryo is exposed to a different part of the yolk from which it takes its nutrition. (See Chapter 8, Understanding the Incredible Egg.) The hen incubates her eggs for 16 days. As each day passes, her levels of prolactin gradually drop. By day 12 or 13 her levels have dropped sufficiently and she is no longer producing uncomfortable amounts of body heat. With the lower body temperatures, she is more comfortable and stops turning the eggs to cool herself" -Jodi McDonald. Author of A Closer Look At "Button Quail" Page 117 under Turning the eggs
This is just one example of how interesting this book is. It goes into revealing details that will open your eyes and will give you an understanding on how it happens in nature and how we can simulate what occurs in nature.
Another good example is chapter 4 dedicated to lighting. There, you will be exposed to the reality that birds don't see what we humans see. Jodi talks about the bird's eye perception and how birds see colors in a totally different way that we as humans see... take a look at this small piece of her book;
"...For instance, ultraviolet rays bounce off bird's feathers and illuminate them in a multitude of colors that cannot be seen by humans. A black bird, for example, to us is predominantly black. To most insects and to other birds, however, black birds are a striking blend of violet, medium blue, and green. The world is much more colorful than we can even imagine" -Jodi McDonald A Closer Look at "Button Quail" Page 66 under light and color.
Jodi keeps talking about how we can make our indoor bird room more pleasant and more naturalistic to our birds by providing the correct amounts of lighting and the correct types of light bulbs. I have noticed in my own breeding room a much better success rate on birds setting on eggs and raising their own babies without hesitation ever since I followed Jodi's advice given in the book about lighting.
The book does not end there... It talks about so many things that are very important for all bird owners to know like for example... How to profit from raising Chinese Blue Breasted Quails... She walks you through all the necessary steps to make your hobby into a profitable business that you will enjoy doing!
Again, this book is a MUST if you have or are planning to have Chinese Blue Breasted Quails or in fact ANY other Quail. I highly recommend it!
This easy-to-read handbook is highlighted by many full color photos, and black and white illustrations. A must-have reference--covers all aspects of raising "Button Quail."
*Understanding basic anatomy and physiology
*How to provide proper nutrition
*Housing and equipment needs
*Understanding indoor lighting requirements
*Understanding the basics of genetics
*Ovum to chick development inside the egg
*Tips for successful breeding
*Understanding and operating your incubator
*How to hatch healthy chicks
*Possible causes for hatching failures
*Identifying and dealing with disease and injuries
*Identifying and dealing with parasites
*How to turn your hobby into a business
*Tips for understanding and identifying color mutations
*Over 25 color pictures and countless black and white pictures, graphs and figures that are very relevant to the topic speaking about in that chapter
*Large print, easy to read
*Twelve chapters FULL and PACKED of very important information
*Autographed copy (limited quantities)
The book consists of 12 chapters, 252 text pages, 8 color photo pages and numerous black and white drawings/charts.
#1&2; A complete Natural History, (Birth of Aviculture, Mistaken Identity, Incorporating Chinese Names, Competition in Exploration, True Button Quail, History Plays a Role in Classification, Requirements, Preferred Temperatures, Cages, Types of Litter.
#3; Complete Nutritional Guide, Vitamins, Understanding Feed-Sack Labels, Types of Calcium, Toxic Vegetables and Fruits, Ideal Feed Mix, Live Food, Basics of Digestion and Food Absorption, Water Essentials.
#4; Lighting Requirements, Effects of Sunlight, perception of Feather Color, Pigmentation, Quail Vision, Types of Artificial Lighting and how They Affect Quail Behavior.
#5; Basic Anatomy and Physiology, Feather Development, Skeletal System, Digestive System and How it Works, Memory and Reason, Muscles, Reproductive System M/F.
#6,7,8&9; Breeding Chinese Blue-Breasted Quail, Choosing Desirable Genes, Housing Needs, Basic Genetics of Reproduction, Understanding Chromosomes and Genes, Dominant and Recessive Genes, Breeding Habits in the Wild, Courtship and Mating, Natural Incubation, Role of Hormones, Artificial Incubation, Understanding Incubators, (Forced Air/Still Air) Proper Collection and Storage of Eggs Before Incubation, Humidity, Barometric Pressure, Ventilation, Incubator Capacity, Turning Eggs, Possible Causes of Hatching Failures, Using a Hatcher, Using a Brooder, Care of Breeding Pairs, Lighting Requirements, Diet, Importance of Ventilation, Preferred Temperature, Housing, Paring, Vent Sexing, Introducing New Mates, Possible Problems Associated With Breeding Failures,
Understanding the Incredible Egg, Fertilization, Shell Development, Development from Embryo to Chick, Hatching Process, Possible Causes for Hatching Failures, Caring for Newly Hatched Chicks, Guide To Brooder Temperatures, Bone Problems, Straddle Leg, Crooked Toes, Curled Toes, Preventing Chick Starve-Out, Preventing Bacterial Infections, Growth, Hormonal Development and Pecking and Cannibalism, Preventing Dehydration, Types of Litter for Brooder.
#10; Disease, Parasites, Injuries (External and Internal Parasites) Treating Shock, Removing Debris Clumps from Toes, Egg Binding, Prolapses, Egg Eating, Impacted Crop, Sudden Death Syndrome, False Molt, Stress Molt, Abnormal Feather Growth, Heat Stress, When and How to Euthanize.
#11; How to Profit from Raising Chinese Blue-Breasted Quail, How to Ship Live Birds, How to Ship Hatching Eggs, Plus a Surprise Off-Shoot of the Business.
#12; Color Mutation, A guide to Identification and Recognition of True Mutations.
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