Egg Question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by millerwb, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. millerwb

    millerwb In the Brooder

    May 9, 2009
    Bryan, TX
    I have 25 A&Ms in a colony pen. They hatched on 4/28. I know who a few of the males are but think I have a few more based on who I have observed crowing. My question: I have been getting one egg a day from this bunch for the last 3 days. Yesterday I also got an "egg" that did not have a shell and was punctured by a quail stepping on it. How long, in general, does it take for them to get really cooking with their laying? intervening variable: It will be close to 100 again today.

    TIA Brian
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    They can start laying anywhere from 4-10 weeks. Most of the smaller varieties are usually in full swing by 8 weeks old. (at least that's my experience, jumbos seem to take the longest).

    If you got one that was soft-shelled, it could be that another one is coming of age.

    You can vent sex the males at this point if they are crowing. Either have a spare cage available, or some zip ties to mark them with. Or just sit there until you see one crow, and snatch him up. But that way takes longer [​IMG]
  3. tbone

    tbone Songster

    Jun 4, 2009
    southern illinois
    from my experience rasing brown coturnix the hotter it is the better they lay.when i used to have my flock of rir's when the heat slowed down my brown eggs my quail laid better than ever....

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