Can A Silkie Hatch Quail Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenBantam, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. ChickenBantam

    ChickenBantam In the Brooder

    Dec 8, 2011
    I'm planing on getting some coturnix quails eggs for my broody bantam silkie hen harry this spring. I want to know if she'll be able to care for them and hatch them. Thanks and here is a pic of her
    She just stopped being broody and she'll probably start being broody again in spring. An't she cute!

  2. She might be able to hatch them, but i am not sure that she might not accidentally squish them. Quail chicks are super tiny.
  3. sixshooter60

    sixshooter60 Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    Stuart Oklahoma
    Im sure she could and would hatch them and might raise them ok BUT i would not suggest doing this as many many folks on here will tell you that chickens and quail do not mix.. chickens carry things that they themselves are immune to but quail are not... i know this is a topic that has been beat to death as some say its fine and some say noway.. i myself dont know as i have just started raising quail but i figure why take the chance if you dont have to.. i keep my quail pen away from my chickens .. i guess you could do it and see what happens.. shoot for all i know it might work fine...if you do decide to do it keep us posted on the results ....
  4. Yesss she can!! my silkie hatched out my qauil eggs for me and prob would have taken care of them too if they wernt soo small. she wold climb over small things that they couldnt get over soo i ended up taking them in. but yessss they will hatch them if they goo broodie and u put them under her

  5. Peep lePleaser

    Peep lePleaser In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2011
    She can definitely hatch them, but you have to watch close when they hatch and take them away from her (so sad) because she will smash them. I did this years ago, then kept the babies under the heat lamp. It went very well, except that I couldnt get my husband to stop calling them "quickens"! LOL
    As I did, you might want to think about putting a couple of chicken eggs under her too because if she doesnt have something to take care of, it might not end her broodiness. Good luck and happy quailing!!
    Quirky Quail likes this.
  6. Ronna

    Ronna Hatching

    Mar 19, 2012
    Hi, I just saw your post. How many quail eggs can I put under a Silkie at a time? Also is there any way to keep the chicks warm after they hatch if there is no electricity?
  7. 7quails3chicken

    7quails3chicken In the Brooder

    Mar 15, 2012
    My chicken hatched a quail egg I just put a video on youtube today" "check it out sooo cute and let me know how it goes with you ^o^

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