My Japanese quail have gone broody!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by spikennipper, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 Japanese quail, 1 male and 6 females and 1 of the females has decided to set on 6 eggs in the hutch! she is only 9 or 10 weeks old herself and just started to lay, even more suprising is when she leaves the nest two other female quail will also attempt to brood the eggs! [​IMG] she has been doing this since Monday so whether she carries this full term is another story but I shall keep you all informed!
     
  2. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's awesome! You'll have to keep us posted cause thats almost unheard of. [​IMG]
     
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sweet! An Incubator That Doesnt Run Up The Electric Bill--- I Need A Few Of Those! Good Luck With 'em!
     
  4. spikennipper

    spikennipper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey! just an update! she hatched 4 beautiful chicks today [​IMG]
    After the sadness of losing all my chickens and quail to my ferrets a week ago she was the lucky one to survive as she decided to go broody! there is still 2 eggs that haven't hatched so fingers crossed! will post pics in a few days as don't want to stress her to much at this stage.
     
  5. Highland Moongazer

    Highland Moongazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so rare and awesome!

    Do quail have the broody patch and everything?
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    That is sool!! I have one hen (could be more than one, they all look alike [​IMG]) that will sit on the eggs if I leave them in there too long, but I still get 8 eggs most days (from 8 hens), so I don't think she is actually broody. I would think that quail would stop laying if they are broody, like chickens do. Though I don't know if quail would stop laying, given that I take the eggs. Maybe I'll leave some in there and see what she does [​IMG]

    Definitely need pics on this, it has got to be the cutest thing! [​IMG]
     
  7. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    My one pen had a broody coturnix. I however never left eggs in there to be hatched to see if they would set full term.
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Most will go broody if large enought room, and nice place to hide their nest. Cant gather the eggs.

    Watch her with other birds, she may not be able to protect them.

    Had, coturnix, bobwhites, even ringneck pheasant all hatch their own.
     

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