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how long does it take a quail to lay eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by melissaowens, May 29, 2009.

  1. melissaowens

    melissaowens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am wondering how long does it take a quail to lay an egg? how long will it take to lay a fertile eggs? does quail need special feed or will starter feed work for them?

    btw its bob white quail
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2009
  2. melissaowens

    melissaowens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anyone?
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    I believe Bobs take up to 6 months. Coturnix start in 8 weeks.
     
  4. HobokenChickenEmergency

    HobokenChickenEmergency Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine were 6 1/2 weeks and 7 1/2 weeks yesterday, and I got my first egg. I'm not sure who laid it, though.
     
  5. melissaowens

    melissaowens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bob whites take up to 6 months?
     
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Bobwhites are a lot slower to muture then coturnix. I believe it is 12 weeks. I could be wrong
     
  7. granmahen

    granmahen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We picked up week old bobwhite quail in July of 2008 and just started getting eggs beginning of May 2009. I read that may be because they don't lay in winter. [​IMG] I still don't get one a day.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Bobwhites are mature at 16 weeks, but can take 20-24 weeks before laying their first eggs. [​IMG]
     
  9. melissaowens

    melissaowens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh okay. thanks for the info.

    what do quail eat? starter feed hurt them?
     
  10. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    Gamebird feed is optimal but nonmedicated starter will work too.
    Give them green veggies to munch on to. They also enjoy sand
    for dustbathing and grit.
     

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