So I have an 8'x8' aviary with about 15 quail, i recently put my two cockatiels in there because they were trying to hatch eggs and it just wasn't working out inside so I thought maybe the heat outside would help. So i set up a nest and everything she needs, she laid 4 eggs in the nest I made then the next day she was gone.. I looked for her for about 5 minutes thinking she has somehow escaped. Then I decided to check the nesting area I made for the quail. I unscrewed the roof and peaked inside and was surprised to not only see the bird sitting on her own eggs but on some quail eggs too!
This is great and exciting but I have several concerns.. What do you guys think, once the quails hatch, if they do hatch that is, should I take them away from the cockatiel since she will have a hard time feeding them? Once they all hatch, cockatiels and quail, should I put them all into a different area of the aviary so that the adult quail that are already in the aviary will not peck the little guys?
Since I know y'all like pics I got some for you!
I'm guessing she picked that area because the bedding is made of feathers collected over time and grass clippings while the nest I made for her had wood shavings as bedding.
Also, what might this mean for the "quail don't go broody" thing people always say? If this is done throughout multiple generations of quail do you guys/gals think this might give quail back the instinct of going broody?