So will the mother quail care for their young?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Che, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Che

    Che Out Of The Brooder

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    I hatched two quails several months ago and lucky I had one male and one female. Well they began mating and laying eggs but she wouldn't sit on them so I incubated the eggs. 18 days latter they hatched, which is today and I was wondering would she care for her young or will she reject them if put them together? I have 3 babies.


    1st quails Male:Yellow one Female:Black/ Brown
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    the 2nd babies (sorry the photo isn't that great)
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  2. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nope. with any animal they have to get in the mood for it (go broody) and if she didn't then she wont have a bond with these babies, neither will they bond to her.
     
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She will not care for them unless she is broody. And even then not always.
     
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  4. Che

    Che Out Of The Brooder

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    what is broody? and how does it happen?
     
  5. Che

    Che Out Of The Brooder

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    and how can you tell if she is broody?
     
  6. Orpimom

    Orpimom Out Of The Brooder

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    Generally Coturnix quail do not go broody. OCCASIONALY someone may come across one who does,but it's basically a 1 in a 1,000,000.000 chance.Broody is when they decide to set on and hatch their own eggs,such as chickens.Coturnix are more just an egg/meat production bird and have no interests in setting.
     
  7. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All animals have innate instincts and chickens are no exception. One of the strongest instinctive behaviours that chickens display is broodiness. Broodiness is a cyclical phase that many hens go through from time to time. A broody hen has an overwhelming motherly desire to sit on and incubate her eggs, with a view to hatching them and mothering a brood of baby chicks.



    Generally they will gather eggs and sit on them and growl and not want to move off them ever. Then when they hatch she will take care of them.


    Coturnix VERY rarely go broody.
     
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  8. Country Heart

    Country Heart City Girl With A

    Would a broody chicken raise baby quail? Just wondering...[​IMG]
     
  9. Che

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    she started growling last week but those eggs were in the incubator already. I was wondering why she kept doing that and I kept taking those eggs after she laid them I thought it was just a territorial thing.....that was a stupid mistake I guess
     
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  10. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    "Che" :

    she started growling last week but those eggs were in the incubator already. I was wondering why she kept doing that and I kept taking those eggs after she laid them I thought it was just a territorial thing.....that was a stupid mistake I guess

    Was she sitting on them though?​
     

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