Hen hatched?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by that_crazy_lady, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. that_crazy_lady

    that_crazy_lady Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    Rose, OK
    would let, or do you think it would work to let a full size chicken hatch out quail? got a hen that wants to go broody, and I want some quail...
  2. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Hmmmm..... not sure if that would work or not.... seems like I remember some old posts on the subject. Have you searched the forum?

    Things that I would be concerned with....

    Full size hen could smash small eggs like those of a quail. If I were going to try I would use a Bantam sized hen.


    Wonder if hen would be too puzzled by the faster hatch rate and not except the chicks???

    Do let us know how it goes.
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Yes full size hens would break the eggs, if using bantam use the small breeds like OEGB

    Make sure they are pen up with her so they dont get out and get lost.
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2009
  4. that_crazy_lady

    that_crazy_lady Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    Rose, OK
    yea thats kinda what I was thinking. I only have one hen for now she is an EE and went broody on 2 fake eggs, so I took them. the other pullets I have will be bigger then her. guess I'll give it a try when I get a silky hen or two... and looks like I'll start out with live quail not eggs. I don't have or want a brooder, the plan is to get silkys and let them do the work
  5. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    I let my bantam pekin hatch quail out. I would not recommend a full sized hen though.
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Actually Bantam Or Full Size--- Doesnt Matter If They Dont Break The Eggs Sittin' Them They Will Certainly Smother The Babies When They Hatch...

    Suggestion- Buy The Hen Some Chicken Eggs To Sit And Incubate Your Quails.

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