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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:32 pm 
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My quails are sitting on eggs but i've never sucesfuly hatched chicks. I was wondering wether the mother would feed them or not? Is it normal for the father to be on the same nest as well?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:28 pm 
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my quails I always treated like mini chickens. I do not believe that the mother feeds them like a parrot would I hatched some in a eletric frying pan (make shift incubator) and then just put them in the brooder like I would a chicken. Als my males would sometimes share the nest but only if I had a one on one ratio


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:28 pm 
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do you have kings or japs.

cheers youri.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 10:42 pm 
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i too would be intersted in which quails you have

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:47 am 
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Chookchamp, If they are king quail I always have a small box handy with the bottom cut completely out of it & cut the top out leaving a 2" border around. Put a heavy gauge of mesh on top so it sits on the border ( or light with something on top ) & make it a heavier gauge as Mum or dad fly up in fright sometimes. The parents will hold food in their mouths, call the babies, & feed them that way. The babies are very small ( can fit through small bird wire) they are also very stupid, making it hard for Mum to keep them in a heap to keep them warm, so they quite often wander off & die
From memory they take about 17 days to hatch. I have very shallow waterers & ordinary finch seed I also feed mashed boiled egg sometimes with egg & biscuit sieved through it, & very small meal worms
Hope this helps & Good Luck

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 11:46 am 
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Chookchamp,

It is very rare for quails (specifically jap quails) to go broody, though i have had my quails go broody twice. They successfully hatched 2 chicks each time and they just acted like baby chickens, with the mother teaching them how to eat and scratch about.

Word of advice though, be careful when the chicks start to hatch. The mother will not sit on the eggs for much longer after the first chicks have hatched, so you wont get more than a few eggs hatching.

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