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Quail not laying

Hi lads I've recently bought five quail, four hens and a cock, I've had no eggs off them yet they have plenty of food,water and a light source (to encourage them to lay), I'm not sure of there age,they are coturnix, any advice is appreciated thanks bar

Bar
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

How recently? Usually takes a few days to settle, same as hens. Could be the cold weather? I have some Californian and I was surprised to see them laying, thought it was still a bit early

Torsten Schulz
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Thanks for responding torsten I have had them all most a week is all, probably to eager always wanted some there great and very friendly, the Californian quail are quirky, would you know which type of quail are best for meat production?

Bar
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

I would say jumbo coturnix. Kilkeel quail should have birds or eggs to post

Torsten Schulz
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Ah wow what a site all the different types great stuff thanks torsten!!

Bar
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

Depending on age of quail to 8 to 10 week old is when they tend to start laying but no guarantee on that time scale .
I feed mine with meal worms when going to start laying as good protein . But when they start laying they tend not to stop

rich1
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

I was thinking of trying out meal worms my self seems great for them, would you no what age they stop laying in your experience thanks

Bar
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

I had a batch of quail ( 10 ) they lasted till they were 6 years old and were still laying . No males with them as every time I put one in they killed it after about 30 mins .
If for breeding purposes 2 or 3 years at max I would say .

rich1
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

🤔still no joy no eggs! I may contact the seller, it's a mix of five, three of them are golden or jumbo then I think the other two are British red and a Japanese

Bar
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

All male?

Torsten Schulz
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Have you sexed them . Have you seen them mating etc . As they maybe all males .

rich1
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Sexed them again and instead of 4 females and a male its 3 females and 2males and had to separate a female as their male is over breeding plucked heaps of feathers off her! And still no eggs!

Bar
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Don't panic just yet I have 2 lots side by side about 4 weeks age difference the younger lot laying flat out for a month nothing off older lot.Went to feed Wednesday got an egg and signs of a couple of soft shelled eggs a couple more yesterday and today.Weather has been a little on the cool side mine usually are laying for Paddys day so not too far behind i don't use lights either

brian k
Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Sound Brian I guess I need to be more patient and your right about the light I've stopped, I read in to it and seen its hard on the quail,

Bar
Saturday, April 4th, 2020


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