my quail laid their first eggs!- questions

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Quail27, May 10, 2009.

  1. Quail27

    Quail27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I came home today to find 3 coturnix eggs in their cage (Happy Mother's Day To Me!).
    The plan has been that we'll eat the eggs.
    Now I see them and I want baby quail! [​IMG]

    Will coturnix quail sit on their eggs? These weren't laid in the pots I have in their cage (hoping they'd use them as nest boxes). They were laid all over the place.
    I don't have the money for a good incubator right now, so if they're not going to sit on them then I'll go ahead and cook with them.

    I moved them into one of the pots all together... was that bad?


    And for future reference, I have a silkie pullet right now and I want to know does she have to be laying fertilized eggs to go broody? And will she incubate the coturnix eggs?

    Sorry for all the newbie questions!
     
  2. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
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    Quote:Your silkie would probably be more than happy to go broody if she has enough eggs under her. The Japanese used these bantys to incubate the quail eggs since coturnix rarely (VERY) go broody from what I've read (never seen it, Monarch? Sam?)

    I wouldn't worry bout combining all the eggs. If you get too confused about what you should do with those eggs, I'll give you my address [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. Quail27

    Quail27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, now for possibly the most stupid question...

    a chicken has to be laying, not just "almost laying" in order to be willing to sit on eggs, right?
     
  4. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    yeah [​IMG] My buffs wouldn't go broody till they were almost 10 months old which i wouldn't let them because I wanted more brown eggs [​IMG]
     
  5. tumra

    tumra Out Of The Brooder

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    I had some quails a while ago that did go broody and sit on their eggs... i ended up hatching 2. It is very rare and i was actually lucky for it to happen... So it does happen but dont count on it. you are better off eating the eggs now.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Not a stupid question at all. And surprisingly, a silkie can go broody before she ever lays an egg! I haven't had mine do that that I know of, but I have a couple of girls that layed 2 eggs tops before going broody! How old is your silkie? Mine didn't start laying till they were at least 7 months old, but they were hatched in June or July last year, so they were hitting laying age in middle of winter.
     
  7. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    >a silkie can go broody before she ever lays an egg

    Wowsers, sorry bout being wrong here!!! I've never had it happen [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Not a problem, I didn't know about it myself until I had some go broody. I didn't think the newest broody had started laying. I asked about it on the board, and I was told that they can go broody even before they lay. Mine had laid 2 eggs and went broody. [​IMG] Learn something new everyday you know [​IMG]
     
  9. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    MI
    hrm........ [​IMG] Gotta get me another silkie [​IMG]
     

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