This is highly irritating. I have 3 button quail. 2 females and one male. there are two new eggs every day, and in the past I've hatched them with an incubator. The point is, my female Wild-type is the only one that attempts to sit on the eggs. But she only sits on them for 20 minutes, then gets off for 4 hours, then sits back on, then gets off for another 3 hours, then sits for 5 minutes, then leaves them there all night and sleeps in a different spot. Then in the morning she sits on them again for 30 minutes thinking that she's doing something. All of them are fertile. You have no idea how many eggs I've cracked open with 1-2 day old embryos inside, and all dead. I used to have an incubator but a wire broke and it doesn't work at ALL now. (I made a different incubator with a light bulb and dimmer and hatched some of their eggs after the mom got off and let them to rot. But that incubator had to be supervised 24/7!!! Now that school has started again, I HAVE to have an incubator that works off a good thermostat like my old one.) I've gone through about 62... i repeat 62 fertile eggs that began to grow but died because the mother refuses to stay put. I've done everything. I've put dozens of plants in her aviary to hide, shavings for her to make a nest (and she DOES use them) and tissue boxes for nesting places. She doesn't use any of the hiding places. Instead she lays her eggs in the middle of everything, and then sits on them but gets scared of the other quail bugging her all the time. The only time she ever actually used the hiding place, she only sat for 3 days and then got off. I found them in time and hatched them myself. I NEVER go out there and bug them. only once a week to change their food and water. The way I see them is through a one-way window that is in front of the cage, so I can just view them from a room in my house without bugging them. WHAT DO I DO TO MAKE HER SIIITT!!