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how to encurage quail to go broody

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by quailguy, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. quailguy

    quailguy Out Of The Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    is there anyway to make my bobwhites go broody like make their aviary look more natural or give them more space?i have 6 bobwhite quail 3 males 3 females in a 4' by 6' aviary they dont fight and they get along
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Might wanna scroll down & ask the quail folks. Your asking a bunch of chicken gurus.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    Quote:You can't make quail go broody. It has to come naturally. You can spice up your aviary all you want, and it will probably never happen. Quail rarely if ever go broody. They have lost that part of the gene or even as JJ in the quail section has said, they just don't want to go broody in captivity. In the wild, quail can have an acre of more of territory in which to raise their young. A small aviary is never going to be enough for them. The incubator is your best friend. [​IMG]

    Edit to add: How old are your Bobwhites? It is rare that Bob's will get along during breeding season. Normally they fight like cats and dogs and many times ends up in blood shed. I have kept Bob's for 5 years and I have never had a mature mating pair get along with any of the others. If they are younger than one year, they will tolerate each other for now. But come next breeding season, I would be very surprised if they are getting along so well.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2011
  4. Grey and green feathers

    Grey and green feathers Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Boise, Idaho
    I had my first and only pair of bobwhites go broody in a 40 square foot cage woth a pair of gambels... In their first year. Twice and i even pushed her off and took her eggs daily. She still sat on a rock in her nest and attacked my hand and sat like it would come of anything. That pair wasnt even fertile but she sure wanted to be a mom... And a good mom she would have been. Its just up to the bird. I Hope the guy i sold her to appreciates the rarity of a broody bob pair

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