quail nest boxes

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by quailguy, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. quailguy

    quailguy Out Of The Brooder

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    so i followed some advise and got some 18% game bird feed but now i am wondering how to make a nest box for my quail so they will lay eggs in it i have 3 pairs of bobwhite quail each pair in their own pen 10 sq feet ,and is there anyway i coud mabey make them incubate their own eggs when i was younger all of my uncles qual did that but ive heard its really rare for them to do that,any advise would be reaaly appreciated
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Quail don't nest in nest boxes. They are ground birds and lay them on the ground. They will make their own nests with the bedding or just lay their eggs anywhere. My quail are in an aviary setting and not kept in cages as most folks do most of the year. However during this breeding season, all my Bobwhite pairs must be separated to prevent fighting. So right now they are keep in large kennel cages. But what I do for them is take a 3 gallon bucket and turn it over. Cut a mouse hole in the side about 1/3 of the way up so that they can go inside when the bucket is turned over. My girls love to build a nest out of hay in these buckets and lay their eggs there. It is very rare that they will incubate their own eggs. Mine will set for half a day here and there, but it has been lost in their genes to do so. Good luck! [​IMG]
     

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