Butler bobs still laying

Discussion in 'Quail' started by doxies1, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. doxies1

    doxies1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My butler bobs have shown no sign of slowing laying. When should they stop laying? I really don't care to keep hatching more through the winter . It's a pain getting them to a heater free stage in the winter, but I guess if they keep laying I'll keep hatching. At that rate even though I didn't have many to start with, I'll have a pen full soon. I guess I'll start eating the ones I have, and by spring the youngsters will be laying. They are in a pen with a bunch of coturinx that I keep for eggs. Any thoughts or enlightenment from experienced quail breeders is appreciated
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Is it still warm where you are, and are they receiving more light than you know about? Even a bright street light can add light to their environment. Under normal conditions, I wouldn't think they would be laying by now. Mine stopped in October.
     
  3. cathunter10

    cathunter10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two crow Do you have butler If you do give me a holler
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  4. doxies1

    doxies1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had spells of cold and even an early snow, but generally it's been a warmer than normal fall. The Butlers are in with my cotrunix and they are getting extra light to keep them laying, [ I'm trading eggs for accupuncture]. We'll likely get in the teens over the weekend. We'll see if that stops them. I just put another forty eggs in the bator. seem like I'm getting about three hatch a day from the one I've been putting in on a rolling basis. By spring maybe I'll have enough birds to have saleable numbers of eggs.
     
  5. doxies1

    doxies1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That brings up the question, given a little light and avalibilty to heat , ( a hundred watt bulb in a brooder box type box), How long will they lay?
     
  6. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can "make" them lay year round, fertility drops but they will still lay the egg
     

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