millerwb

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 9, 2009
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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
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
23,381
100
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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
 

tbone

Songster
10 Years
Jun 4, 2009
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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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