Button quail eating her own eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by WalkingNorth, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. WalkingNorth

    WalkingNorth Out Of The Brooder

    So I have 2 little button females. I had separated them because the white one was being aggressive. They've since settled and the brown started laying again, but she calls incessantly to the white one (or for a mate?) Cleaning out their cages today I realized that the reason the white one has been giving me no eggs is because she's eating them, shell and all! I was lucky enough to find a small piece under her flooring which solved the mystery of no eggs.

    My question is this: If I put the white back in with the brown, will she teach the other to eat her eggs too?

    I have no intention of mating the white, being aggressive AND and an egg eater means she's going to be going to new home, but the little brown is possibly a broody, I'm just waiting for a chick to mature so she can have a mate. I really don't want to ruin that be teaching her to eat her eggs, even though I worry about her being lonely.
  2. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2012
    Ajax, Ontario
    I don't think she will teach her to eat her eggs, she'll probably just eat em herself.

    Egg eating is when the bird is very nervous, young, stressed, or doesn't have enough calcium. (Some one else can correct me)

    You can try mating both of them (different or same male, people say they live in pairs, i have 1 male to 3 female).

    Male might also sit on eggs.

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