Coturnix Quail became broody!

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  1. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bit of a story;

    She was seeming a little aggressive at the beginning of the week, pecking at the other females and even the male (though he wasn't bothered by it), then three days ago, she seemed to fiddle around inside the nesting area, rolling the eggs around and so on, she laid her egg. The next day we found her sitting on the eggs, we thought she was laying another one, but it was too early for her to be laying eggs, and she continued to stay like that for a few hours before in the morning she was walking around casually in the cage scaring off the others again. She proceeded to sit on her eggs again when I came back home in the afternoon (not sure if she was sitting on them throughout the day though), then yesterday she was becoming very protective of the nest, every quail who walked past, she would get off and chase them away. It had around 15 eggs (from my 4 hens, including her), and she was trying to squeeze all of them under her, we decided to move her into another box so she could sit on them alone, but she didn't want too and just wanted to get out.
    So then we decided to just move the actual nesting box itself, plus taking away a few eggs (now she only has 8), and since we've moved the nesting box, shes sitting on the eggs more regularly and rolling them and also constantly getting off to eat and drink, and now shes not distracted by anyone else, except me. She doesn't mind me poking my hand in though...
    The eggs are probably only a few days old, and hopefully are fertile. She's an incubated chick, around 3 months old now. I know this may not last long, but hopefully separating her from the others might convince her to stay on longer. She broke an egg the other day and nothing had developed but she hadn't properly gone broody, so I'm guessing today would be the official day of day one...


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    (Pic of her starting to be broody, with eggs that can't fit under her because she does't have enough room.)

    (A video of her when she started being broody.)


    http://s1094.beta.photobucket.com/user/GoldenMoonflower/media/BroodyButtons1.mp4.html
     
  2. MrNappy

    MrNappy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. LovePolish2

    LovePolish2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow!
     
  4. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, she seems very willing to hatch out chicks, after eating and drinking she immediately jumps back to nesting. I hope this keeps up for around 2 more weeks. [​IMG]
    Her nest moved to the back of the nesting box thing, so its harder to observe how shes doing. But shes doing well.


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    Last edited: Feb 22, 2013
  5. De Wet

    De Wet Chillin' With My Peeps

    first time I see these quails breeding all the best of luck:fl
     
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  6. jmstevens

    jmstevens Just Hatched

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    Hi there, I have a quail doing exactly the same as yours is described as doing - she's been at it for about 10 days now. Did your quail end up hatching any chicks?
     
  7. RumAndCoconuts

    RumAndCoconuts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How exciting! I've just hatched my first batch of coturnix so I'm very interested in this.
    They claim Broodiness has been bred out of the coturnix...so here's a hypothetical, you have a broody and you let her incubate and hatch instead of not allowing her to do so. If you breed her wee ones to adulthood, would it be more likely that they could then become broody?
    Could one, in theory, bring back Broodiness for your own flock?

    Please keep us posted. My wee ones are a week old tomorrow. So flipping cute! :)
     
  8. coturnixlover

    coturnixlover Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a female coturnix that lays eggs in a nest at the back of a rock but its not only she that is laying eggs there and the others also she is chasing the males but I still take the eegs away must I leave the eggs there will she gt broody. It looks like she sits on the eggs but is not aggressive to the other quail
     
  9. RumAndCoconuts

    RumAndCoconuts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm quite keen to know if your broody girl followed through to hatching,...please let us know! :)

     
  10. jmstevens

    jmstevens Just Hatched

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