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post #61 of 71
I was told that my standard coturnix would be laying at 6 weeks and possibly some would start at 5 weeks. They were 7 weeks on Monday and definitely haven't started laying. I'm wondering if my cage is too dark? I don't want to cook them in the sun....
post #62 of 71
Somebody gave you bad info. Some will start before time but 8 weeks or right around there is when they actually start up. Its pretty funny that these birds get to egg laying faster than any other bird with a consumable egg and people still have to fib and say it happens faster.
post #63 of 71
I know, it's SUCH a short time, really! I'm being so impatient. smile.png
post #64 of 71

I purchased 2 Texas A & M quail 2 months ago. At first I kept them in the garage with a light on 24/7 until I got our outdoor coop built. I was told they were both females and the breeder could vent sex them on the spot if old enough. They are my first quail and I am learning as I go. So far I have only got 1 egg a day. Even after putting them outside I was still getting 1 egg a day. Why is 1 quail not laying? Is it a roo or too old? 

 

My little Farm consisting of Hubby & I

Sam & Blue my Shelties, Jack Straw my Mini Aussie, Bertha my Buff Orpington Hen, Ryder my Silkie Hen,  Miley my Polish Hen, Betsy my Bantam Frizzled Cochin Hen, and Nugget my Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Hen <3

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My little Farm consisting of Hubby & I

Sam & Blue my Shelties, Jack Straw my Mini Aussie, Bertha my Buff Orpington Hen, Ryder my Silkie Hen,  Miley my Polish Hen, Betsy my Bantam Frizzled Cochin Hen, and Nugget my Blue Laced Red Wyandotte Hen <3

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post #65 of 71

You can see to see if one of them is a male by listening to see if it make sound some what light rooster but lower tone:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T3KU93FxP4

 

Or you can try to vent them yourself:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w48DcDoMc8

 

Or you can just watch them for awhile to see if they try to mate one another:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsaXv1LLTHU

 

The other one may not be laying because it is actually too young

 

 

Just notice this was an old posting.. most likely you already found the answer by now :)

post #66 of 71
I have 4 female and 1 male in a outdoor aviary . I live in south florida so the coldest it gets is 40°f at night. I have them in a 20% protein food and no crushed oyster shells. Maybe thats why they are not laying?
post #67 of 71
Are they getting at least 14 hours of sunlight a day? If not, that's likely the cause. I think without sufficient calcium (crushed oyster shell) they would still lay but not form proper shells or super thin ones smile.png
post #68 of 71
Their outside so as long as daylight is out they have sunlight
post #69 of 71

I received 10 courtnix quail for Christmas. They are in an outside pen.  They  have not laid an egg yet. I do have a question about the 14 hours of light a day. Where did this info come from? I live in Houston, Texas and we only have 1 month of sunlight at 14+ hours for the year. It's between early June to early July.  I don't think the species would survive if they only laid eggs for 1 month each year.

 

Can someone name a reliable source for this info?

 

Thank you!

post #70 of 71
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Originally Posted by txpeach100 View Post

I received 10 courtnix quail for Christmas. They are in an outside pen.  They  have not laid an egg yet. I do have a question about the 14 hours of light a day. Where did this info come from? I live in Houston, Texas and we only have 1 month of sunlight at 14+ hours for the year. It's between early June to early July.  I don't think the species would survive if they only laid eggs for 1 month each year.

Can someone name a reliable source for this info?

Thank you!

http://cag.uconn.edu/ansci/ansci/extension/documents/LightingandGamebirdProductionDarreReviewA.pdf


The first sentence states ideal lighting, it's a really good article with rules for changing light during growth stages, etc. smile.png

It also talks about how close the light is and its intensity and different spectrums :O
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