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One Quail laying, rest are not.

post #1 of 7
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I'm just looking for sympathy here.

 

I got 4 Quail. One started laying eggs after 2 weeks, the rest have not. It has been another week since the one started to lay eggs.

 

So a total of 3 weeks, since I purchased them. It is possible that they were 4 weeks old when I purchased them.

 

 

How much longer until I should start to worry? Another 2 weeks or even 3?

 

 

Thanks

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Originally Posted by Zadien View Post

I'm just looking for sympathy here.

I got 4 Quail. One started laying eggs after 2 weeks, the rest have not. It has been another week since the one started to lay eggs.

So a total of 3 weeks, since I purchased them. It is possible that they were 4 weeks old when I purchased them.


How much longer until I should start to worry? Another 2 weeks or even 3?


Thanks

What kind of quail? Unless they are old they will start to lay when they are acclimated to their new home. Stop worrying. Many quail species lay at an early age, but it takes some time when they are moved to new surroundings to stat laying again. Do you know how old they were when you bought them? It's unfortunate that some people get rid of their old birds by selling them as younger stock. Feed them a good diet and you'll, hopefully, have more eggs than you know what to do with soon.
post #3 of 7
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coturnix quail.

 

Another one started to lay I believe. Funny enough the runt of the 4 started to attack another one. So I had to put her in a separate box for a bit. They seemed to have shunned her once I put her back in after a day. 

post #4 of 7
Its fall. Birds dont lay in fall because their metabolism is programmed to only lay eggs when the days are long in spring/summer (so when they hatch there is food to feed them). Make a 14-16 hour photoperiodand theyll think its spring again. Forcing production that way does shorten the lifespan of hens.
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Its fall. Birds dont lay in fall because their metabolism is programmed to only lay eggs when the days are long in spring/summer (so when they hatch there is food to feed them). Make a 14-16 hour photoperiodand theyll think its spring again. Forcing production that way does shorten the lifespan of hens.

I don't plan to hold onto them for more then a year 2 max.

Is a white led appropriate for this?
post #6 of 7
Led lights will work but putt off the wrong wavelegmth and can lead to vitamin deficiency. Best to use a bulb lableed full spectrum.


The hens only live about two years anyway. Keep them for a year, eat and replace would be my suggestion.
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Led lights will work but putt off the wrong wavelegmth and can lead to vitamin deficiency. Best to use a bulb lableed full spectrum.


The hens only live about two years anyway. Keep them for a year, eat and replace would be my suggestion.

The full spectrum lights. Can be easily attained from a home depot or what have you?

I've always read up to 4 years they live. Thanks for the info
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