Broody Behaviours?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lildia, Nov 23, 2013.

  1. Lildia

    Lildia In the Brooder

    Jul 22, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    Howdy all,

    firstly I am sorry if this all sounds silly.

    So I am fostering a chicken chick (3-4 weeks old now?) who was surrendered to a rescue, probably looking to adopt. Not sure if she was incubated artificially. so my first question is, can chickens loose broody behaviors if incubated? I know all my quails were incubated and show no broody habits at all. :(

    If not then I was thinking (since she looks like to be a Buff Orpington), if she turns out to be broody, can I place quail eggs for her to sit on, and if they hatch can they learn the brooding behavior? (also I don't have other chickens at the moment, only quail)


  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    The broodiness is genetic. How she has been reared will not have a major impact on her capacity to be broody. I would think she would be too large to incubate delicate little quail eggs.
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I agree.

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