Do quail lay for more than one season?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dpenning, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. dpenning

    dpenning Crowing

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    i started with quail last year with some hatching eggs I bought online. They started laying prolifically at around 9 weeks. I have two breeding pens set up with one male and five or six females in each. Last year I would get almost an egg a day per female. This year they are only giving me one or two a day. Do they really only lay well for the first year?
     
  2. Mine did fine the second year. About the same as the first year. That being said, it is still early for them to be laying full force, at least where I am at. Were yours laying in full force at this time last year?
     
  3. lomine

    lomine Crowing

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    They should lay well again this year. You’ll have to wait until the daylight hours get closer to 14 a day before you’ll know for sure.
     
  4. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    Mine were laying at 3 years old just as well as they were when they started. I do let them have a break over winter.
     
  5. feedman77

    feedman77 Crowing

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    The ones I carried into their 2nd year layed as good as they did the 1st year.
    But at 18 months old I replaced them with younger birds.
     
  6. dpenning

    dpenning Crowing

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    I guess I’m only at 12 hours of daylight officially. Sunrise is 7:23 and sunset is 7:39.

    My chickens are all back online with full production so I thought it would be the same timing.

    Thanks for the feedback.
     
  7. lomine

    lomine Crowing

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    I experience the same thing. I think quail are more seasonal than chickens. My quail stop laying before the chickens and restart well after.
     
  8. kumquat

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    Makes a lot of since considering how relatively recently quail were domesticated (1500s as song birds, early 1900s breed for eggs/meat production and then the breeding stock had to be re-established after WWII) compared to chickens which were domesticated around 4-6,000 years ago. I came across an interesting article recently that explored some of the differences that have already developed between domestic and wild quail populations. One of the main differences was domestic quails' increased rate of lay and fertility rate. I imagine that length of laying season will similarly increase over the future decades/centuries.
     

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