Could a broody silkie hatch button quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by MotherMal13, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. MotherMal13

    MotherMal13 Songster

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    One of my silkie hens has gone broody once again. I have been wanting some buttons for awhile now. I was wondering if i could put maybe 6 button eggs under her and a couple silkie eggs and take out the buttons once they hatch and leave her to raise the silkies. Would it work? Thanks. [​IMG]
     

  2. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Songster

    May 24, 2010
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    I wouldn't. Silkies are too large and button quail shells are thinner than a chicken egg. I think you would be in for heartbreak if you tried it.
     
  3. crash0330

    crash0330 Songster

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    Yeah, hen would be too large and Itd probably break them, besides I've heard that you shouldn't put two different size eggs under a hen since when you do that, the larger eggs tend to get warm and the small eggs tend to always be colder, so it might not be an ideal hatch.
     
  4. MotherMal13

    MotherMal13 Songster

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    Okay thanks, [​IMG] I think i've already stuffed enough chicken eggs under her anyways. Oh boy
     

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