How long do quail lay?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sunnychooks, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have some Coturnix that are about 1 1/2 years old. The females were laying fine until recently. Production has dropped and I am wondering if they are spent.
    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    I heard they lay until they die. Do you have a light on to boost their daylight hours?
     
  3. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    They could be molting
     
  4. sunnychooks

    sunnychooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies. I haven't seen too many feathers so I don't think they're molting. I don't have a light on either. I'll try giving them a little more lighting and see if that helps.
    Thanks again! [​IMG]
     
  5. animal8

    animal8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:About 14-16 hours of light a day is what is recommended, I think. May have to have one of the more experienced quail keepers check on that, though [​IMG]
     
  6. SliderShooter

    SliderShooter Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:About 14-16 hours of light a day is what is recommended, I think. May have to have one of the more experienced quail keepers check on that, though [​IMG]

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  7. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
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    16 is recommended for a year long laying schedule, they could just be molting tho, mine are all going thru a molt right now as well. Production has slowed D:
     
  8. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    they lay till they die BUT laying season is May-September unless you give them artifical lighting.
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:after you put lights on them it still may take 2-3 weeks for them to respond to the artificial lighting
     

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