Broody quail behavior?


Sep 8, 2018
Victoria, Australia
Hi Everyone. I’m from Melbourne Australia and I’ve had caturnix quail for around 4 months. It’s spring time here and they’ve been laying now for around 3 weeks. I have 2 roosters and 6 hens in a large rabbit hutch. One of the females has laid 4 eggs in the same place in the sheltered part of the hutch. The straw looks like it has been arranged a bit like a nest. There are a few other spots in the cage like this too. I’ve seen her sitting on them a few times but not continuously. Some of the hens lay their eggs randomy anywhere, but these ones look strategic. Does this sound like good broody behavior?


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6 Years
Apr 20, 2015
It could be. I sometimes leave the eggs for a couple of weeks if I notice them being laid in 'nest like' locations, but I haven't had one go broody yet. It's worth the try though. But in a rabbit hutch and with two roos around, I don't think it's likely to have one go broody. When it does happen, it's usually either in big planted aviaries or in rabbit hutch like structures with only 2-3 birds.

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