Why is my Chinese Quail female eating her eggs?

Cherlyn

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
917
1
139
Alconbury, England
Have owned her for a week, and gotten two eggs in that time. Each time she lays it and then promptly tears it apart and eats the shell and some of the yolk/whites. Why is she doing this?

~Cherlyn
 

Cherlyn

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
917
1
139
Alconbury, England
We bought her from a garden and leisure centre here in England - they take wonderful care of their birds.
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Is this just some quirk that is here to stay or can I do something to make her stop?

~Cherlyn
 

Cherlyn

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
917
1
139
Alconbury, England
That is the problem - I do not know. I know it is a quail mix, but no protein level is given. I supplement with wet kitten kibble about once a week. Most people here in England use chick crumb - no wide variety of game bird feed.
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Maybe she wants more calcium?

~Cherlyn
 

johnkian

Hatching
9 Years
Mar 8, 2010
3
0
7
If she keeps on eating her own egg try to separate it from her.

Make sure that your quail is always full so she dont have to eat her eggs
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Cherlyn

Songster
10 Years
Feb 24, 2009
917
1
139
Alconbury, England
She and her mate always have access to their food and they eat a LOT.
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And as soon as the egg is out, she attacks it! Unfortunately I cannot wait next to her in the hopes of grabbing the egg before she destroys it - that would be a colossal waste of time.
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~Cherlyn
 

bisonbaby1995

In the Brooder
9 Years
Feb 3, 2010
56
0
29
If the female is eating her eggs u might need to cull her cause she will eat all of her eggs and if u dont want to cull hert try to get some oyster shell and see where she goes but if it continues you'll never get any egg production out of her
 

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