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Date Posted: 18:46:03 03/02/11 Wed
Author: Nancy
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Subject: Fostering Button Eggs With Other Species

I have 10 button quail eggs, which their mother laid mostly in the same corner, but did not sit. I do not have an incubator, and do not intend to raise enough button quail to justify buying one. I have some of the eggs under a cockatiel pair, and some will go under a budgie hen. 9 are normal eggs and one is double-sized, laid 2 days after #9. Although I can not guarantee they get the same care as the white eggs, I do expect some, if not all, to hatch. The eggs were not all started at the same time, but are labelled so I know who is due to hatch when.

Although I can keep the chicks in a brooder and raise them artificially, I would prefer their own parents to look after them and teach them how to be birds, if possible. What is the best time to try to introduce them to their parents... pipped eggs? half-hatched? wet chicks? just dried? If their parents fail to accept them, will they ignore them or attack? I have a group of 3 hens and 2 males in a mixed aviary roughly 40" x 80" x 80h. The quail are not paired up at all; in fact both males and one hen are responsible for making these eggs.

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