Egg production vs quail types

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Keforce, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Keforce

    Keforce New Egg

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    I have seven adult females pharaoh quails in my pen. On average, they produce three eggs per day during the month of December. I do keep a light on them the entire night. What are some of your experiences in terms of comparison of egg production by types of quail: Pharaoh (Courtnix) vs Japanese vs Texas A and M, vs Bobwhite? Which type would produce the most egg year round? During the summer months? The winter months? Appreciate any inputs.
     
  2. groundpecker

    groundpecker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coturnix quail produce the most eggs for me.

    I have learned that feed, light, weather greatly effects how they lay.

    To get them to lay more, i would add 14 hours of light, feed gamebird feed at least 20% protein, and keep cold drafts off of them.
    After 3 years the egg laying will slow down and you will have to raise replacements.

    overcrowding, dirty pens, and too many males can cause reductions in laying.

    If you are only interested in laying, then i suggest coturnix "standard size" not jumbo.
     
  3. James Marie

    James Marie Out Of The Brooder

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    i agree with groundpecker...

    Coturnix quail produce the most eggs for me.

    I have learned that feed, light, weather greatly effects how they lay.

    To get them to lay more, i would add 14 hours of light, feed gamebird feed at least 20% protein, and keep cold drafts off of them.
    After 3 years the egg laying will slow down and you will have to raise replacements.


    overcrowding, dirty pens, and too many males can cause reductions in laying.

    If you are only interested in laying, then i suggest coturnix "standard size" not jumbo.
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    for me in commerical production....

    Standard - Medium Class Coturnix lay more eggs per year than Jumbo Heavy-Class...
    and will eat a little less feed per bird...

    we run our lights 24/7...this does give you more eggs but you will need to replace layer hens after 1 year....

    The better quailty feed you use the better quailty health your quail will have....we use 20% complete grain base diet with flax seed for added omega-3 levels

    the most important thing we have found is that the less stress that Coturnix hens are exposed to the better production you will see.....try and keep your area as quiet and clean as possible...many studies have been done on stress effecting production...Daniel Satterlee, Professor Emeritus at LSU AgCenter has many publications on this subject....

    We find the Roux to be our best layer with the Manchurian right behind it...and the two types that are the calmest in nature for us...they do very well in colony cages for production....
     

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