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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm getting antsy for my quail to start laying. If i add a light source, today, get them up to 15 or so hours , when do you think i'll see eggs??

 

Thanks!!

Jay 

post #2 of 9

They'll lay with 12 hours and, really, 14 hours is plenty.  I read a study where two 15 minute periods of light 12 hours apart kept them laying.  Don't just add hours of light to their day; it can mess them up.  Add an hour extra light every 5-7 days until they start laying.

post #3 of 9
to answer your question it will take 2-3 weeks before you see any eggs and another week or more before they become consistent.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
I'll start adding light today and keep you posted .

Thanks for the info!!!
Jay
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

they dropped the first two eggs yesterday. 3 weeks into "added light" my light was not very consistent

my timer went on the fritz a few days in, then the bulb burnt out. not very scientific but I'm getting eggs earlier than i should. :)

 

today we will get 11 hrs and 53 min of natural light.

 

Time to warm up the "cooker"

 

Good luck all and have fun!!

 

Jay

post #6 of 9

We have 11 hours and 45 minutes of daylight here, but my quail - buttons - are in a building with just a few, small windows, so they have been on about 9 hours of artificial light - during the usual daylight hours - all winter. They haven't been laying until within the last week - now I'm suddenly drowning in eggs, even though I only have 4 hens :D I don't even know whether to hope for them to start incubating the eggs, I'll drown in chicks rather than eggs if they do :P

post #7 of 9
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see if the eggs will sell?

 

have fun!!

post #8 of 9
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First eggs in !
post #9 of 9
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my first batch went to lockdown last night. :)

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