Using a Broody hen to hatch Quail or Chukar

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thegreatfandango, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. thegreatfandango

    thegreatfandango In the Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
    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.)
  2. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    As they hatch you will probably lose most of the chukars they are really fast at birth quail are slightly slower depending on species
  3. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Free Ranging

    Oct 16, 2008
    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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