hactching eggs with broody chicken

Discussion in 'Quail' started by silkydragon, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am getting some button quail for my birthday next month and have some silkys was wondering if i use a broody silky to hatch the quail eggs should i remove the quail chicks immediately after they hatch or would it be ok to let the silkie take care of them as i have seen videos of mother hens breaking up food that is too big for chicks but have also heard that quail can get disease from chickens wonder if the babys are hatched by a chicken if they will have more of an imunity to diseases
     
  2. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dumb question? or nobody have an answer?
     
  3. justhangin_out

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    If you can get the hen to set on them, and if you can get her to do so without breaking them all, then yes, you should remove the chicks as soon as they hatch. They aren't even as big as the hen's toe when they hatch, if she steps on one, she'll kill it.
     
  4. worldling

    worldling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Happy birthday in advance silkydragon!

    i am getting some button quail for my birthday next month

    I'm not sure if I understand what you are getting. Button quail, or button quail eggs.

    If you are getting button quail, then you are probably set, because most buttons will hatch and brood their own eggs.
    If you are getting button eggs, then I defiantly recommend you incubate and brood them yourself. I hear broody silkys will hatch anything, but I think the risk would be to high. Button eggs are tiny.​
     
  5. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im getting the actual quail i just get way ahead of myself just starting out with birds this is my 1st winter with chickens and moving on to gamebirds (probly just pheasant and quail but keep seeing new things this is addicting [​IMG] ) but my number 1 breed of chicken right now is silkies and heard they could hatch anything was just curiass since ive heard not to house gamebirds with chickens
     

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