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cortunix quail (laying question)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ladybug4ut1, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have acourtnix quail that just started layng three days ago. we did not get an egg yesterday and this morning we had two. the one was normal and the second one is like there is no outside shell. It is just very light pink and soft. Can anyone tell me what could cause this. We did move them yesterday to a new pen. Please someone let me know if i should add anything or if there is aproblem


    Thanks

    ANnika
     
  2. Bawkadoodledoo

    Bawkadoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2008
    Central MA
    are you giving a source of calcium? it might have been a little hiccup when first starting.
     
  3. ladybug4ut1

    ladybug4ut1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no they are game starter stuff. should i be giving them maybe egg layer for chickens with that . the oyster shell seems so big to give them, but i have some of that too.
     
  4. Basia

    Basia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    layer crumbles and a little added "nummies" like meal worms are great ... They need a bit more protein than what is in the layer crumbles but it is easily made up for when they can free range or you can add a few crickets or maggots (is it better to say fly larva lol).
    she definitely needs more calcium... crushed egg shells are fantastic too!
     
  5. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine don't always lay when they should either. I haven't been giving them any calcium and they are doing fine. What probably happened was the eggs kind of backed up with the stress of moving and she didn't have the space to form the shell on that last egg. Her next egg should be ok.
     
  6. Basia

    Basia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Game starter is great but now that she is laying she needs more. (even game feed with added shells) I have 1-2 eggs a day from mine and I have never had a soft shell. (although if it is real cold outside they may skip a day of laying... as they should to save energy for heat)
    I use the layer crumbles (they like the size too) and add the extra protein.

    Good luck
     

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