Bobs hatched in march still not laying

Discussion in 'Quail' started by missred871, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    okay we have a problem, I have atleast 14 females, and 4 males, they hatched out in March, not one egg yet. Why?!?!?!
     
  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Sometimes it takes up to a year for them to lay.
     
  3. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    Quote:oh, no. that really sucks, we butchered a few extra males, they were soooooooooo delicious! I neeeed EGGS!
     
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    The first batch I had didn't lay the first year. They laid the 2nd year and only for one year.

    The second bath laid the summer after they hatched and again this spring. I no longer have them so I'm not sure how long they lay
     
  5. missred871

    missred871 Eggxhausted Momma

    May 5, 2010
    Perry GA
    Quote:sheesh, sounds like they are hard to keep as far as breeding goes, they taste much better than the coturnix though. dang, wish I'd known that. The breeder I got the eggs from said they'd lay in 8-10 weeks. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to hope.
     
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Sorry about your Bobs, and that the breeder mis-informed you. Bobs take about 24 weeks to mature, and that should be slaughter age also I believe. That usually puts them far enough into the fall that they won't lay until the following spring. You might be able to push that with some artificial lighting. I think they take like 17 hours of sunlight or something. They don't lay a lot of eggs like coturnix (which do lay in 6 to 8 weeks). So when they do start laying, don't waste time hatching all you can get, if you are serious about raising them for meat birds.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:THEY ARE A SEASONAL LAYER AND WONT LAY UNTIL THEY ARE A YEAR OLD IN MOST CASES
     
  8. kingpincray

    kingpincray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use artificial lights on mine and I find even that takes 8 months before they lay.
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I lucked out the local breeder I bought mine from sold them at 4 months old in feb and come april they started laying like clockwork. I have hatched as many as I could this summer. the heat kina shut my girls down, they have barely started laying again but I think it is pretty much over for this season my coturnix are still laying like crazy. when I put lights on mine I increased a little at a time until it was 16 hours a day we have about 12 hrs here now so it is like 2 hrs at either end more.
     
  10. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:sheesh, sounds like they are hard to keep as far as breeding goes, they taste much better than the coturnix though. dang, wish I'd known that. The breeder I got the eggs from said they'd lay in 8-10 weeks. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to hope.

    Either they don't know much about a breed of bird they're selling, or they just took you for ignorant in order to make a few pennies.......and I hope it's not the latter. If so, they need to publicised for their great scam work!
     

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