Do I need male quail for my females to lay?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by OtterCreekRanch, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    I got about 20 quail chicks a couple of months ago. I lost most due to a predator getting in the pen a while back and I am down to 8. I am fairly certain 5 of those are male. I think 2 are for sure female and 1 is iffy. I kept them all together in a large run until recently. I have been having a lot of issues with them picking on each other. I decided to move out 4 of the for sure males into another pen. They are still pecking each other like crazy, but they are soon to become dinner. Of the remaining 4 the for sure male I decided to try and keep is harrasing the heck out of the others. The backs of their heads keep ending up bald and bloody. I think if I take out the male the other three (2 females and one unknown) will be much happier together. I wanted to keep a couple of girls for eggs to eat. I don't have an incubator anyway at the moment so I am not interested in the eggs being fertile...what I am wondering is will the girls start and continue to lay without a male?
  2. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Females lay no matter if a male is present or not. [​IMG]

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