Hatching quail eggs under a hen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MoodyChicken, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So last year I got four baby Japanese quail. Two died when they reached maturity. [​IMG] So I only had two left, and by pure luck one was a male and one was a female. And the little hen just started to lay! They're beautiful eggs, and huge for her size! I want to hatch them and surprise my dad (he loves quail), but I'm out of room in my bator. I have a broody, could I stick them under her? Or is that a bad idea?
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Could put them under one of your old enlish game, just make sure they cant get out of the brooder pen.
     
  3. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

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    I posted a thread like this not to long ago. I have button quail eggs under my broody showgirl right now and should be hatching any day. I thought they should have hatched by today so I took one out and cracked it open to see if anything was happening and YES it was alive. Unfortunately it had to be a tester. So it looks like it may be possible. I'm curious to see if she takes care of them [​IMG] I say go for it! Good luck.


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  4. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool! I probably wasn't going to let her raise them, but I may. She's a little broody Modern Game hen, she'll actually be able to manage the size of the quail eggs. [​IMG]
     
  5. quailbrain

    quailbrain Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would be interesting to see if she'll hatch them. Let us know how it turns out. I wonder if she can do it without breaking them?
     
  6. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, she's a tiny hen, and they're surprisingly big eggs. So they fit perfectly under her.
     

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