Buttons not laying!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by duckncover, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    I know I have at least one pair of buttons old enough to breed!!

    I have all 9 in a HUGE storage tub with a light a fake plant and a small shelter...what's the problem? My house is warm...what can i do to get them to lay? I really want my first egg...soon.
     
  2. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have a pair other than any of the birds I sent you? Mine aren't laying either, and I have 12 or 13 week olds (same as the male I gave you) and 8 week olds (same as the younger batch I sent you). The line they came from was supposed to lay at 6 weeks. [​IMG]
     
  3. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Buttons are very sensitive. Even a little spook or irregular occurrence can send them out of lay. My Japanese quail are almost a year old and they just started laying. Turns out the hawks were scaring them.
     
  4. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    I have 3 males 1 unknown and 5 females...

    I had 15 but sold 6 because they got big and I didn't have enough room.
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    If scaring them will throw them off then I'll never get eggs...they spook every time they see me.
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2009
  5. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

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    I got them Mid-Febuary when they were a few days old.

    They still won't lay anything... [​IMG]
     
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    I find that in a community it takes them longer to lay I had a small community that hatched together 3 of the females from that same hatch went to breeding tubs with and where laying very well I sold two of the males from the community moved one that left a pair first night she layed her first eggs weeks after the others
     

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