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Can you get Valley quail to lay in winter months!!!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Eric007, Nov 25, 2014.

  1. Eric007

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    I was wondering if anyone has ever tried to get valley quail to lay through the winter with artificial lighting???
     
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Crowing

    I don't see how it would be worth shortening it's lifespan to generate another 25-50 eggs that will most likely have a questionable fertility rate. You can try, and I'm sure you'll get them to lay if you try hard enough but forced production will guarantee a shorter lifespan.
     
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  3. Eric007

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    OK thank you
     
  4. Eric007

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    Do you know how long they will live
     
  5. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Crowing

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    With a natural laying season, which is short compared to bobs, they will do their best. They are a nervous little bird that use up alot of heart beats. 3 to 5 years is bout best you could hope for Id say, but i'v never had one last that long. As DC said, you can force eggs with light after a rest from the natural season. Egg numbers and fertility wont be the best..... These, Gambel's and Blue scales always seem easy to stress. A cat walking your pens at night can send them into a coma..... Good luck Bill
     
  6. Eric007

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    Thanks
     

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