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Using hen to hatch quail eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by whitecra, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. whitecra

    whitecra Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2008
    Has anyone used a silkie hen to hatch quail eggs? I have a hen that has decided to set. I have some quail eggs I want to hatch but I am going to be gone for a week so I won't be here to hand turn them. I was just wondering if I could put them under the hen?
  2. Alexander

    Alexander Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    I think you can.Others put geese eggs under silkies.
  3. Chikn-Chik

    Chikn-Chik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Tellico Plains, TN
    I put some of my button quail eggs under a broody silver duckwing hen once. I started out with 8 eggs and they all disappeared! [​IMG] I have no idea what happened to them either. Maybe you will have better luck! [​IMG]
  4. judial8907

    judial8907 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I would put the eggs under the hen. If my options were go on vacation and not turn the eggs then they are dead anyway. Can't hurt to try. I have a silkie hen that will go broody on anything, she sits on my duck eggs when my Cayuga won't. It is so funny becasue the eggs are so big under her. Good luck. [​IMG]
  5. lovin my birds

    lovin my birds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2011
    Odessa, MO
    I had a BBRed OEGB hatch out some quail eggs for a friend once. It worked the same as chicken eggs. I say go for it. If she is broody mise well let her set on them and give them a try. [​IMG]
  6. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    That's how it was traditionally done in asia, use a smaller silkie if you have one, and see how she does.
  7. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2011
    I think, in an ideal world, it is better to use a bantam to hatch quail eggs.

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