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Do coturnix quails brood eggs in captivity?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jvin4974, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. jvin4974

    jvin4974 Hatching

    Jul 5, 2016
    Instead of using an incubator ive been thinking about letting my coturnix quail brood her own eggs. 1. can/will they do this in captivity? 2. What things do i need to know?

  2. Quailbait

    Quailbait Hatching

    Jul 1, 2016
    1 Yes they can but not many do.
    2 They would need to be in a large enclosure like an aviary and then you must cross your fingers and hope really hard.
    It is rare but it does happen. My DH taught ours to lay in a box so collecting eggs from the aviary is a snap.
  3. Fowlfellow

    Fowlfellow In the Brooder

    Mar 27, 2016
    Central Louisiana
    How did he train them to lay in a box?
  4. eHuman

    eHuman Songster

    Mar 14, 2016
    I'm Quailbait's "DH". I used a small plastic tub about 8" x 12" x 6" deep, cut a door into it and flipped it upside down. This went into the brooder when they were 2 weeks old and they would go into their "cave" for comfort and to hide. I placed it in the aviary when i transferred them and about 1/2 would lay in it. When I found an egg somewhere else I would place it in the cave and not collect eggs until I was sure they were done laying. I still get a random egg or two elsewhere but most days they are all in the cave.

    Bonus: Many of my hens will rearrange the eggs before laying their own. A promising indication for future broodiness.

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