Egg Fail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by abobwhat, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. abobwhat

    abobwhat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    i have jumbo coturnix that are 8 weeks old

    i noticed some eggs are coming out deflated looking

    i was reading that it was due to a lack of calcium

    but i have been supplementing with oyster shell since they started laying at 6 weeks old so.........

    whats the deal?

    any help would be appreciated
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    a picture of the egg would really help, but does sound like a calcium issue, maybe they are not eating the shell as much as they should, where do you put it, in the food or sand.

    i know a few people mix it with the sand in the boxes
  3. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    If you are feeding your coturnix a high quality Game bird starter formula, then calcium is not needed to produce egg shells. If you are adding calcium "Oyster shell" in a format that they can actually eat, then that is fine, as long as you are not over saturating the high protein GBS with oyster shell.

    UNLIKE CHICKENS, coturnix do not need 50 pounds of calcium to build an egg shell. They are very efficient at converting feed to egg shells. Most egg related problems are physiological, not OYSTER SHELL (Calcium) related.

    A pic would help, but feeding good quality GBS will trump any amount of oyster shell. Supplementing calcium, builds good bones!
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:I use layer for my breeders here and only rarely get a jelly egg with my corturnix my bobs sometimes I get a thinned shell egg but this is usually when they first start laying (pullet eggs) ounce they get going they are fine
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Its Just A Fluke Thjing That Happens Time To Time.... Especially When Young Like Your Birds... Not A Deficiency Or Anything You Did. They'll Work The Kinks Out Soon And It'll Be Game On

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