Bob White soft eggs?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ChickenSnake, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. ChickenSnake

    ChickenSnake Chirping

    Jul 29, 2011
    Montgomery County Texas
    Hey guys, my grandpa has a few Bob White quail that I bought for him almost a year ago. They took quite a while to start laying and the eggs are a lot smaller than the ones the breeder gave us when we bought the quail. Also when I tried to cook the eggs, they wouldn't crack easily. The shell would shatter and I'd have to take a knife to split it open. Is this normal,or am I just that unfamiliar? I've never cooked with quail eggs before.

    Should I add some calcium to their diet maybe? I'm thinking of taking the quail to my house since I know my grandpa is just feeding them out of the bag with maybe a treat of green every two weeks.

    Just wondering guys, thanks!

  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Bobs need a good gamebird feed with some calcium. That may explain the soft shells and laying later than usual. Quail eggs are tougher to peel than other types of birds but there are lots of health benefits to them. If you can pump them up with some good nutrition they will have good looking eggs and condition.
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

    Mar 2, 2009
    Completely Normal For Bob Eggs

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