I am a happy new quail Mom, having brought home 5 live Coturnix japonica quail from San Francisco's Chinatown on Sunday. 4 females and 1 male. In the cat carrier on the way home, one of them laid an egg, but in the 2 days since they've been put in their new home, no eggs have been laid. Is this normal? Are they adapting to their new home? Is there perhaps a problem? I read that quail typically lay 1 egg a day, and I believe they are all egg laying age. Also, one of the females seems sick: she's got her feathers all ruffed up looking like a ball and is sitting still a lot, inactive, while the others are normally active. I hope she gets better but she may die: I had two chickens who acted like this before they died of unknown causes.
I have put two 6 by 10 inch plastic containers with hay in the cage as nest boxes, but I don't see any quail setting in there.