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Do quail stop laying during their molt?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Sumatra503, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

    Sep 24, 2010
    My pen looks like a Button Quail exploded in there! Do Buttons normally have a big molt like this?

    Also, do the y stop laying like chickens do during their molt?
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    I have had coturnix loose almost half of their breast feathers in their first molt. I have 2 ages of quail in my breeder pen. I have some 8 month olds, and some 4 month olds. They are molting at the same time, so when they molt I go out of business for a while. Well not all the way. I still sell meat birds and chickens while they're in a molt. No eggs though.
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Buttons do molt. They will go through a big molt when getting their adult colors but usually molt more when in a colony setting. They usually will lay an egg sporadically when in molt. I have lights on 14-16 hours a day so mine continue laying. the coturnix get really gnarly looking when in molt and feathers all over the place but not too bad with production.
  4. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

    Sep 24, 2010
    Haven't gotten a single egg since the first batch. I think I'm outa business until spring.

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