Is there any special way to encourage a quail hen to brood her eggs. I have a started pair of teenieboppers who may soon start mating and the hen should start laying in a few weeks, maybe sooner. Id like to provide a set up for them that might encourage them to breed and brood their own young naturally. I dont plan to brood their eggs in a brooder but Id like to get offspring from them. I was told to let a bantam hen brood the eggs but then I was told that the hen might kill or squish the babies plus keeping chickens and quail together is not a good idea for health reasons. Now Im looking for ideas on how to encourage the two quail to do the brooding and raising of the babies. I bring them in the house at night in a pet carrier but during the day they stay out in a pen that I built inside an aviary. They love it, taking dust baths and hopping and practicing flight a bit. They are so fun to watch. There are leaves and other sorts of organic matter in and on the dirt plus I put a long low bench for them to hide under. Im wondering if under this bench might be a place were they might make a nest.