Do your Quail Lay late at night?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mochicken, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I have noticed my Coturnix hens dont seem to lay till late evening or early night, not sure why but thats what they have been doing since I got them Tuesday
     
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    Probably messed up from the move
     
  3. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    Mine will lay eggs as late as 10-11pm! But they are in my house, in a bird/laundry room and the light is never a set time.

    I have found eggs as early as 5 am too.

    I'm not sure these crazy birds sleep either. lol... their room is just off of my room, and I hear them snack in the middle of the night! [​IMG]
     
  4. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine Lay The Most In The Evening Between 4-6 Pm.
     
  5. Ugo

    Ugo Out Of The Brooder

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    my buttons lay at about 2pm to 6 pm
     
  6. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    Same all my birds lay between 4_7
     
  7. The Critter Place

    The Critter Place Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    Tucson, Az.
    I called it a night at 2 am.. no eggs, woke at 5 am and found 2.
    My birds must have a really messed up schedule. [​IMG]
     
  8. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I got 7 eggs three days ago, 5 eggs two days ago and 1 egg yesterday, my birds are all kinds of messed up from the move but hopefully I will get them settled down this weekend when I get their housing all done and get them separated
     
  9. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine tend to favor night laying also, probably more then 3/4 or them
     
  10. kahlertm

    kahlertm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes Coturnix quail lay at night. According to some research I have looked at: "Most females lay eggs several hours before dusk"
    (Konishi, 1980).

    In the same article :ENVIRONMENT, WELL-BEING, AND BEHAVIOR, G. B. Chang ,*1,2 X. P. Liu ,†1 H. Chang ,* G. H. Chen ,* W. M. Zhao ,* D. J. Ji ,* R. Chen ,* Y. R. Qin ,*
    X. K. Shi ,* and G. S. Hu *

    "Egg-Laying. Domestic quail and F1 often lay eggs
    in the afternoon, mostly after 1530 h. No egg-laying
    behaviors were observed in wild quail at daytime with
    a harvest of 30 eggs, indicating that they lay eggs at
    night."
    2009 Poultry Science 88 :1137–1142
    doi: 10.3382/ps.2008-00320

    They are also referred to as nocturnal vs diurnal. More active in evening than day. Interesting birds to say the least. I love them.
     
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011

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