Disturbed nesting hen

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Disturbed nesting hen

Post by MrQuail » Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:11 pm

Hi Guys,
We have a female CPQ who over the past week or so has disappeared into a small wooden nesting house and rarely comes out. I'm guessing she is sitting on eggs. Earlier on while I was cleaning up in the garden I accidentally tapped the box and she flew out like a cannon ball (scared the living **** out of me to be honest). She stayed out with the other quails for a while pecking up seed but I think she has finally returned to the box. Will this accidental act of disturbing her cause her to abandon her eggs?

Sorry if this is a silly question but I'd thought I'd ask you lovely people as your knowledge far out weighs mine.

Much love - Mr.Quail x
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by Marigold » Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:49 pm

Hi MrQuail and welcome to the Forum.
Its fairly rare though not unknown for domestic quail to sit and hatch young, but you may be lucky. If she's returned to the eggs you're in with a chance I think. Of course she has to leave the eggs for brief periods daily in any case, to eat and drink and poo, and the eggs are not harmed by a short time without warmth. In fact some modern incubators build in periods when the heat is turned off, to mimic this. If you can try to leave her alone with the eggs for a while they may hatch. Incubation period is around 16 to 18 days, though you may not be sure exactly when she started to sit.
How interesting - do let us know how she gets on. How many quail are there in the coop?
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by MrQuail » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:13 pm

Thank you for your swift reply. Currently we have 3 females and one male in our coop. She appears to have had a good feed and went back to her nesting area. I will keep you updated as to the outcome.

Thank you once again for your reply, was very helpful.
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by MrQuail » Fri Aug 08, 2014 11:35 pm

Its fairly rare though not unknown for domestic quail to sit and hatch young
Why is it fairly rare just out of interest?
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by Marigold » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:41 am

At least with coturnix, they've been bred in captivity for so long that, like hybrid hens, they just lay and lay without usually going broody because their eggs are taken away from them. With CPQs, I'm not sure, probably more common than coturnix because they often form a small family group with a protective male, whereas the coturnix boys are just out for as much sex as possible which is hard on the hens.
How is she getting on? Still sitting?
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by MrQuail » Sat Aug 09, 2014 7:51 am

They all hatched yesterday...Image my surprise when I came down to find ALOT of tiny 'bumblebees' running around. At that point I had to think fast and baby proof the coop as they can fit through the tiniest mesh (This became evident when one squeezed through, walked up to me, looked me up and down then hopped back into coop and back to mum). Ive counted around 6/7 at the moment. As you say Dad is very protective at the moment, esp yesterday when he was constantly scaring away the other hens. This morning when I looked in I could see the little ones chasing the other hens like a Benny Hill sketch :)
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by Marigold » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:32 am

Ahhh! Wonderful! Can you post a picture? Or better still, a bit of video! Congratulations to the proud parents!
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by MrQuail » Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:38 am

Defo....current pics are not great as on mobile phone but I'll dig out the digital camera and get snapping (then post them asap). We fished out the two that had died over night but we counted 6 little fluffy babies following mum and dad about.
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by MrQuail » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:01 pm

Latest head count...7 chicks!!

How do I post photos on here? Sorry its all new to me!
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Re: Disturbed nesting hen

Post by Marigold » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:14 pm

Try the Photos of Chickens section, which has two threads on this
viewforum.php?f=27
Good luck!
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