will bobwhites hatch their own eggs?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ginnboy, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. ginnboy

    ginnboy Out Of The Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    I'm planing to build a 12ft x 50ft flight pen on the ground with natural cover for my bobwhites. Will the hens lay and set and hatch their eggs in it?
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    It is rare that Bobwhites will incubate and hatch their own eggs, however it has happened. If you have more than one pair then the chances are slim. However with that size of flight pen if you only have 2 or so pairs and you make the habitat suitable for them to feel comfortable hatching their eggs, you may just get them to do so. Give them lots of brush piles for hiding and shade, lots of places to sun and dust bath and if you have plenty of grasses, this will help a great deal. If you cram them in there, then the chances are less likely. Good luck!
  3. Sushi

    Sushi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2010
    I found my quail are more likely to go broody if they have a nest box they feel comfortable in.
  4. BaJa

    BaJa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2017
    Norwich, Ontario
    mine are in a 8ftx20ft flight pen, (one pair per pen) and have hatched their own chicks. at this very moment another one of my bobwhites is incubating around 20 eggs. give them lots of natural cover and hay. they'll make a nest. I'm not saying every bobwhite does it but mine do. it also helps if you raise them yourself. If you buy wild ones that have always been in a little cage on wire, chances are slim. GOOD LUCK!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by