Using a Broody hen to hatch Quail or Chukar

thegreatfandango

In the Brooder
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May 31, 2011
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Interested in adding some gamebirds to my small scale poultry project. Anyone had any experience using a broody hen (Mines a silkie) to hatch Quail or Chukar eggs? Also any tips after hatch? (since Quail and Chukar need higher protein feed and drown practically by looking at water.)
 

aprophet

Songster
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Jan 12, 2010
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As they hatch you will probably lose most of the chukars they are really fast at birth quail are slightly slower depending on species
 

jvls1942

Free Ranging
11 Years
Oct 16, 2008
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If your hen is broody, she will sit on anything round..

I would have some sort of enclosure around the hen at hatching time.. quail are like a hand grenade going off.. no two will go in the same direction and they all will run away from the nest.. and they can hide under a bottle cap.. I never had a problem with quail and water... you just have to take the same precautions as you do with any baby chicken or bird..
 

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