- Jul 2, 2020
Could this be a viable alternative to an incubator and brooder? Would this be a good idea?
Chickens don't get lost very easily, they don't need as much protein and they're larger so they prduce more heat and don't have to constantly be under mama.Why is that? Aren't their behaviors very similar?
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Quail get lost very easily (i had to keep mine in a bare brooder so they could find their way back to the lamp), they need almost 2x as much protein as chicken chicks and they're small and can't stay warm by themselves very easily the first week or so. They also just sleep where they fall which is bad when they're relying on a hen that s moving to look for more food
Jumbo quail hatch the same size as normal quail. The mother would have to stay practically still or have maybe a foot or so extra space to not risk babies getting lost and chilledCould restricting the mother chicken's area to move for the first week solve the getting lost part/requiring more heat part? What if the mother and chicks only had access to high protein gamebird crumbles? Wouldn't bantam chicks and jumbo quail chicks be very similar in size and heat needs?
@BethReed seems to be having some success with it
I used my silkies as incubator alternative but did not allow them to hatch or brood