I have a broody coturnix :D Pics, post #2

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  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Yep, you read that right, one of my coturnix has gone broody! [​IMG] I'll go get pics of her in a sec, then I'll be back to pick brains on here [​IMG]
     
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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Pics!!

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    You can see one of the eggs she has tucked away. She was growling at some of the others that were in that side of the pen....so cute! [​IMG]

    Okay, so here's my brain picking [​IMG]

    First, some pics of their 'cage'.
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    The pen is approximately 3' x 8'. In this pen are a pair of cinnamons, a pair of jumbo browns, a trio of jumbo whites, 14 or 15 jumbo goldens, and this little girl.
    As seen in the pics, it is completely closed in except for the part in the front that is 1/2" hardware cloth, and about half the amount (can be seen in pics) on the bottom that is 1/2" x 1" cage (welded) wire.

    The blue wood is the 'door' to the enclosed part, and you can't see it, but there is a 'door' that leads into this part from the open-air side, it's about 3" x 3". I can close in the side that she is on, but that would cut the remaining pen size to about 3' X 4' to 3 ' x 5'. Most of the coturnix hang out in the open-air side most of the time, but a lot of the hens go into the closed-in side to lay.

    So how should I handle this? I know this is unprecedented, and not many have experienced broody coturnix, but just give me your best guess based on other birds you've had or have. Should I close up the side she is on, leaving 3' x 4' of space for 23 birds?? Should I make her a 'nest box' so she can't gather any more eggs, and hopefully the others will leave her alone? I'm not going to move her, I'm sure that would break her up. And let's face it, a broody coturnix is uber cool! [​IMG] I'm not decided if I'll let her keep them (if she does hatch any), but if so, I'll move mama and babies then.

    So lend a hand, ear, whatever you can! Thanks [​IMG]
     
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  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Well, I think I'm just going to make a sort of pen inside that side, cause most of the hens lay eggs in that part of the pen. Little mama has who knows how many eggs under her, and when I went to check for eggs, she had another 12-14 eggs surrounding her that she had 'collected'....little stinker! [​IMG]
     
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Aw, what a sweet lil' Quale! LOL
    When are they eggs due? Keep me updated!!!!!
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    She just yesterday stuck to the nest, so anywhere from the 4th to the 6th of June [​IMG]
     
  6. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Okay, I will be sure to remember that! What breed are the babies going to be, do you know?
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    This hen is in my goldens' pen, besides her there are 2 white hens, 1 cinnamon, 1 jumbo brown, and 13 jumbo golden hens. There are 2 jumbo golden, 1 cinnamon, 1 jumbo brown, and 1 white roo, so it's anybody's guess what color they'll be...all coturnix by the way [​IMG]
     
  8. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    I wonder what they're gonna turn out to be? By the by, how many days does it take for coturnix quail eggs to hatch?
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    16-18, give or take. I've found that the whites hatch the earliest, usually day 16 for them. The jumbo browns seem to take the longest, 18-20 days for mine [​IMG]
     
  10. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Precious! [​IMG]
     

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