This time, my supplier didn’t have any day-old bobwhite quail chicks. He had 10-day old chick and said that he only used week old birds instead of day old birds. His reasoning is that he can shorten his surrogator cycle from five weeks to four weeks. I’ve noticed that the five week old birds aren’t quite mature enough to fly really well. Since it’s pretty late in the season, I’ll surrogate these week old birds for five weeks and see if they fly (and survive) better with an extra week of feather growth.