Dove Sitting on Quail Nest?

Discussion in 'Pigeons and Doves' started by LyrebirdJacki, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. LyrebirdJacki

    LyrebirdJacki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what catagory I should put this in but I think I might go doves for this one.

    I have had one of my diamond doves sit on my bobwhite eggs on the avairy floor for 2 whole days. She doesn't budge unless it is for a feed and she comes straight back. She even sits still when one of my jap quails or the bobwhites come to lay an egg and is even sat on while they are laying an egg. I thought she was injured but I have a feeling she might be broody.

    I have more than just her, I have males and females in my aviary so she isn't lonely and is quite capable to have her own chicks.

    Should I remove the eggs? Obviously doves and quail feed their young different so I doubt it'll work...
     
  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    If it were me and I wanted more quail offspring I would let her be. You may want to have food and water near by for your broody pigeon.

    Pigeons usually have a partner to double team in brooding.

    Quail from what I understand are good to go once they hatch.
    A brooder light, feed and water and they will be fine.
     
  3. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

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    Diamond doves are small and so she will only be able to hatch out about 2 japanese quail eggs, or 4 ish chinese painted quail eggs.

    Once the eggs hatch you will need to put the quail chicks into a broody with a heat lamp, food and water. She will not be able to care for them, but she can still hatch them out.

    If there are many eggs in the nest they will all go cold and not hatch.

    Make sure the eggs she broods are the same age, otherwise chicks will hatch different days and it will be hard to get them into the brooder in time.
     
  4. LyrebirdJacki

    LyrebirdJacki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ended up taking the eggs away anyway and hatched them in the incubator. She has already moved into a half coconut shell with two eggs of her own. I just thought it was peculiar that she was sitting on quail eggs...
     

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