12 weeks and no eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by funsized72, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 coturnix quails and 5 of them are 12 weeks old and 2 are 8 weeks old. A week ago one of the older quails gave me an egg. This happened for 3 days and now she has not layed an egg for a week. Am I doing something wrong? Because they are all eating and drinking normally but no eggs. [​IMG]
     
  2. thinkloically

    thinkloically Out Of The Brooder

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    Try giving them crushed oyster shells... It may help.
     
  3. Quailsong

    Quailsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much light are they getting? Are they calm most of the time, or skittish & running back/forth in the pens? Did you move them recently? Was there a startle in the cage in the past few days? (if you keep them outside, something could have spooked them)

    As thinkloically said, give them some oyster shell. :)
     
  4. Dragons4u

    Dragons4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rapid temperature changes or something scaring them can put them off laying.
     
  5. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    How many roosters do you have in the same cage?
     
  6. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are getting approximately 10 hours of daylight give or take an hour. They are calm all the time even when the dogs see a squirrel and go crazy. They have been in the same cage for a couple weeks now. I have never seen a cat or raccoon in my yard. Also i have 3 males but am planning to get like 3-4 more females and another cage to separate them. Plus i give them crushed eggshells.
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2014
  7. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Unless your cage is like 200 sq ft. you can only have one rooster per cage. They are too aggressive on top of being voracious breeders to have them all on the same group of hens. Those hens are probably getting bred 5 or 6 times a day each. That is waaaaaaay too much stress.
     
  8. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they dont fight at all actually.
     
  9. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Give it some time and they'll start hurting each other. I promise they are tussling right now it just hasn't gotten bad yet.

    Coturnix should be kept with no less than 3 hens per rooster or they can and very often do breed hens to death.
     
  10. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its been a month and nothing happened
     

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