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 Post subject: will a quail hen hatch her own egg
PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:50 pm 
will a quail hen hatch her own eggs


 
  
 
 Post subject: Re: will a quail hen hatch her own egg
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 2:30 am 
I have heard of quail hens brooding but as far as I know it is very uncommon for quails that were born in captivity. Since most quail in captivity is kept on wire mesh which does not compare to the quails natural habitat, which doesn't help. But even if you perfectly reproduce their natural habitat, the chances of your quail hatching their eggs is very limited at best when they were not brooded in the wild themselves.

I have had one of my hens sit on an egg for several hours but after that she "lost interest" and never looked at the egg again.

In the wild Quail hens hatch their eggs and take care of the broods until they are several weeks old. With Mountain and Gamble quail even the males have been seen incubating eggs in the wild while the female was incubating another nest close by from the same pair. Coturnix quail or Gamble quail may incubate eggs in clutches of 5 or even up to 10 eggs at the time.


 
  
 
 Post subject: Re: will a quail hen hatch her own egg
PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 9:14 am 
Minor correction Embarassed ; I am not sure MOST quail is raised on wire mesh. I know that some larger hatcheries will raise their quail on the floor of either outside pens or in barns. I do not know their brooding behavior when raised in outdoor pens on sand and grass grounds. Would love to hear though if someone has experience with this.


 
  
 
 Post subject: Re: will a quail hen hatch her own egg
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:51 am 
I was also told that they shouldn't be on wire mesh or the like because they do not grip like finches and such. They need a flat bottom to walk around on. Now my babies have a little pine shavings right now so they do not slip and get splayed legs which is common.
Now I hope that I do not always have to use the shavings??
I wonder why the females do not have an instinct to incubate. My finches do just fine and they were all breed in captivity. I would like to learn more about this as well??
Thanks, Wendy


 
  
 
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