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Post by Suz on Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:40 am

I'm hoping this little girl is feeling broody -






I'll try and get pictures of her "get lost" dance tomorrow Smile

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Re: Broody Bobwhite

Post by Suz on Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:06 pm

She's still sitting on 4 eggs now -





Her getting fed up with me being nosey -



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Post by phillipm1969 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:48 pm

it all looks good suz Very Happy keep us posted. is that a red tennasse :?:

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Re: Broody Bobwhite

Post by sally on Sat Apr 26, 2008 10:54 pm

She is beautiful Suz - never seen a broody quail before - fingers crossed everything goes well Wink

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Re: Broody Bobwhite

Post by Suz on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:14 pm

Smile Thanks

well she's still guarding the nest, but there's now 8 eggs - presuming some of the other girls are helping with the laying Smile

Since eggs keep appearing when do I start my count down to chicks being due - is it 23 day from the first egg or 23 days from the last egg laid?

They have 3 nest boxes and 3 nests that they've made themselves, any ideas on how to I encourage the other girls to use them and not the broodies nest?

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Post by andoy on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:29 pm

I've read that behaviour is called egg dumping. I've seen it a couple of times with other species of bird. They tend to abandon the eggs when the nest has too many eggs. The only way I can think of stopping the other hens from laying in that nest (and can you blame them for trying it on) is to remove them from the aviary.
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Post by Harrie on Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:37 pm

I always put my broody hens into a separate broody ark on her own and give her a nest with dummy eggs or eggs I don't care about. And then when I'm sure she's not gonna get fed up (after a few day of sitting tight) I replace the dummy eggs with the ones I want her to hatch.

Could you separate off her area from the others? I'm guessing you wont be able to move her as you would a chook - she'll probably stop sitting wont she?
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Re: Broody Bobwhite

Post by adamntitch on Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:07 pm

you count day 1 from the day she starts sitting on a full clutch suz but maybe hard to tell if others are joining in

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Re: Broody Bobwhite

Post by riverside-quails on Sun Apr 27, 2008 9:01 pm

lovely suz cant wait to see the chicks now
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