Do Japaneses Quails sit on their eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AGG, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. AGG

    AGG In the Brooder

    Jan 24, 2018
    Im going to get a pair of Japanese Quails to put in my aviary. I've been told by some people that these quails have lost the instinct to incubate their own eggs while others have said that they do sit on them?
  2. yes they will if there are 5-7 eggs for sitting on
  3. I disagree with @PlymouthRockBBredSebright . Coturnix quail are highly unlikely to hatch their own eggs. They really have been bred out of broodiness due to the vast majority of the time between World War 2 and now being hardcore breeding for egg consumption/production and not for pets/hanging around hatching babies. Fun history there if you want to look into the timeline of domestic Coturnix quail. The world wars really messed up a lot of the breeding stock and research into them. A lot had to start from scratch in the 1940's.

    You would have better luck with button quail if you are looking for quail that may go broody. I spend a pretty good chunk of time on the Quail sub here on backyardchickens, as well as other quail focused websites, and I rarely see anyone post that they got their Coturnix to sit on eggs. If someone posts that they have success with that, they usually come back and say the mom got bored and stopped sitting after a few days.
  4. Okay, well I said that because I have had Coturnix quail for 5 years and they always hatched there on eggs....
  5. Chicky1981

    Chicky1981 Chirping

    Nov 10, 2011
    Peterborough UK
    I don't know how right this is and I can't remember where I heard it but I am sure someone once said to me that if they were hatched by their parents they will likely hatch their own. If they are incubated they don't.
  6. That's great! Always exciting to see someone who has coturnix who go broody. You are one of the lucky ones.

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