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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Chicken wild 98, Sep 23, 2011.
So i have bob whites and they wont hach their eggs. i want to rase them to be wild. what can i do
Quote:Get a incubator.
You need a incubator in order to hatch quail eggs
You will need to use an incubator to hatch the eggs.
Bob Whites never really get tame from what I read on this board. If you want to keep them wild for release later, you will have to condition them.
Let us know if that's what you intend so someone with expertise (I'm only going off of what I've read here) can comment and give you more information.
Bobwhites do not go broody and will not hatch eggs. So you need an incubator. As for a wild release, you first need to check with your Game and Fish dept as it is illegal in most states to release pen raised Bobs because of the transferal of disease to the wild stock. Pen raised Bob's have no idea how to survive and will no doubt die within the first few nights due to predation. If the preds don't get them, starvation or thirst will kill them. Bob's need to be raised in a proper way and released in a territory that is natural to their wild cousins.
My bobwhite hatched chicks but I took them away. In a natural setting they can go broody but I would recommend getting an incubator.
1.put your growout pen as far away from the house as possible and do not let them interact with people try to automate the feeding of them as much as possible.
2. check with your dnr/fish and game dept if you are planning to release them.
3. institute a predator control program of some sort where you release them otherwise you are just feeding preds.