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Can a broody silkie hatch out quail eggs for me?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by magsrags, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Wondered about that today. [​IMG]
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    She could, if you can get her to set them. I tried with a broody OEGB and she evidently didn't recognize them as eggs. Once I gave her some chicken eggs she took right to the nest.
     
  3. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Rayne Louisiana
    My silkie hen will hatch anything as long as it fits under her...LOL
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Yeah from what I've heard a silkie would hatch a golf ball!
     
  5. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Quote:that was my worry cause of the size. Myy silkie hatched me out SLW without a problem & even raised them as her own. but these eggs are so darn small she might not know they are even there.[​IMG]
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The only problem, if you can get her to set them, is that you'd have to take the chicks away once they hatch so she doesn't mush them.
     
  7. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Good point. Think I'll keep them in the bator to be on the safe side. I candled tonight and 17 are working out of 47 I set. I am keeping my fingers crossed...........6 more days and I stop turning.
     
  8. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. magsrags

    magsrags Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Staten Island NY
    Ok, gotcha! No mixing of the birds. The quail will be indorrs for a bit after they hatch.... then in a seperate building/area than my little flock of chickens. Thanks for the heads up!

    Gee these little eggs sure are not easy to candle. But I did manage to see some movement tonight which I LOVE ...............tomorrow is day 10.
     
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ur Welcome Mags.....

    Coincidentally, Thats How I Got My Education On Mixing Fowl.... I Had A 4 Wk Old Silkie Chick I Was Using As A "brooder Nanny" With A Large Batch Of Rare Orimental Pheasants--- Turns Out She Was A Typhoid Mary--- Gave The Pheasants Coryza And I Lost 52 Babies Total. A Lesson Hard Learned.
     

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