Does seperating male and female coturnix impact start laying?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ryan112ryan, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. ryan112ryan

    ryan112ryan Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 week old coturnix, (brown and Texas A&M's) that haven't laid a single egg. At about 6 weeks I separated them males from the females (3 females). Haven't got an egg yet and am wondering why not.

    Any suggestions to get them laying?

    -pen is about 5 square feet for 3 females
    -indoors at around 65 degrees
    -natural light only
    -26% chick starter mash (they don't sell quail feed for 100 miles)
    -full access to water
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    they should lay regardless of being with males or not. Sometimes they take longer to start laying. Even though the books say it doesn't mean they start exactly at the dot.
     
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    The feed could also set back their laying a bit.
     
  4. Fishman43

    Fishman43 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are only using natural light day length, then the amount of light may impact them depending on where you are.
     
  5. ryan112ryan

    ryan112ryan Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:When it comes to feed, like I said it is Chick starter feed crumbles (for chickens) at 26% protein because it is the only thing available. Someone said to me switching to layer feed might do the trick. Layer feed is about 18%, but has other stuff too. What do people think about this?

    If you are only using natural light day length, then the amount of light may impact them depending on where you are.

    I was thinking of adding a light, would you suggest have light available for 14 hours? all the time?​
     
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  6. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

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    They need 14hrs of light to be laying,
    You can use the chick starter but add in some oyster shells and maybe look at the list of ingredients for game bird vs your stuff and see if you can add what is missing.

    I have mine milled at a local feed mill. maybe there is someone close by you that makes feed? then you can just order direct from them? It normally works out cheaper but also they normally have a minimum purchase weight.
     
  7. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Give them good Game bird feed, 14+ hours of light, then complain about how to stop coturnix from lying.

    I can help anyone out with stopping them from laying. [​IMG]
     
  8. ryan112ryan

    ryan112ryan Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Does anyone know the ingredients in game bird feed? Because like I said, they don't sell it around here and don't know who makes it to look it up online.
     
  9. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go to purina wildlife and it has a breeder starter ext.
     
  10. ryan112ryan

    ryan112ryan Out Of The Brooder

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    So it seems that the stuff I am using is

    6% less protein
    .15% less lysine
    2% less crude fiber
    3% more calcium


    suggestions to fill the gaps?
     

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