Quail adopting chicks, is this possible?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sunshine ducky, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. sunshine ducky

    sunshine ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2012
    Hi everyone, I have a female quail and whenever she goes broody I really wanted to slip some quail chicks under her like I do with my ducks. But, I know that quails are not the most most Motherly poultry :( . So what do you guys think? Thanks for reading!
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2015
    There is a big difference in temperament from bird to bird (and also between different species of quail, you might want to specify). If she is truly broody and sitting tight in the eggs and have done so for a couple of weeks - and the cage is suitable for housing chicks, then I'd give it a try, but be prepared with a brooder to raise the chicks yourself and don't introduce the chicks to her unless you are able to watch her for the next day or two.
    I think I'd attempt to introduce newly hatched chicks at night. If you can do it without scaring her off the nest, that would be best. By morning, hopefully their sounds and movement have activated her instincts and she'll be the best mother in the world :)
  3. BobDBirdDog

    BobDBirdDog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2014
    Most mommas want to mother and will accept them.

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