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Coturnix Quail not laying eggs.

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I am not sure why my coturnix have not laid any eggs. I have two males and four females.

A pic of my coop is on my profile if that has anything to do with it.

Thank you.



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post #2 of 9

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1075097/coturnix-set-up

post #3 of 9
Get rid of a male add a few hours a day of artificial light. Two males is waaay too much for four hens. One male can keep 7 hens fertile and if kept with one or two will often kill or damage them badly. Keeping that many males in a small space is a stressor and stress is the number one reason quail quit laying.
post #4 of 9

One male per cage maximum. I'm surprised your males haven't killed each other. How much light do they have? They only lay if they think it is spring/summer, so if you want them to lay in winter you have to supply artificial light, 14 hours a day is good. 

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for everyone's response. I figured out the issue.

I had two males in the cage. There was no fighting as they seemed to get along. Once I removed the other male, POW.

They laid 4 eggs the very next day.
post #6 of 9
I had 23 coturnix in the same cage 13 males and 10 females. To many males obviously so I culled all but 2 males. Well before the culling I was getting 10 eggs a day for a week or so after the culling I only get 2 a day for weeks now. What's going on?
post #7 of 9

If nothing else changed - either you culled some of your females or they were stressed by the removal of the males, having to find a new pecking order and such. If they get sufficient lighting and a good feed, they should start laying again, assuming they are not too old.

post #8 of 9

I have 4 females and 2 males in one pen at the moment. I get 3 eggs a day from them and have no issues between the males, but I have had 15 hours of daylight (artificial) a day for months.

Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
White & Buff Ameraucanas, & also Bantam Lavender/Self Blue Ameraucanas
 

2 kids, 1 cat, and lots of chickens (mostly Ameraucanas)

 

 

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Every day is a gift... enjoy it...

 
White & Buff Ameraucanas, & also Bantam Lavender/Self Blue Ameraucanas
 

2 kids, 1 cat, and lots of chickens (mostly Ameraucanas)

 

 

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post #9 of 9
Give it time thats barely enough hens for one roo let alone two.
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