Laying already?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by syble, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 4 week old jumbo grow out pen had an egg in it this morning. a tad on the small side, not by much though. is it normal for them to lay at 4 weeks? I wasn't expecting eggs for another 2-4 weeks!
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  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Take em when you can get them.
     
  3. MobyQuail

    MobyQuail c. giganticus

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    wow. I thought ~40 days was fast, must be the daylight hours? wow.
     
  4. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so thats not average then lol. I was concerned that if 1 started, they might all start. I'm not prepared for 30+ eggs a day from quail lol. most of this group is slated for camp kenmore lol. I was just very surprised when i went in there to fill their waterer that there was an egg.
     
  5. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so true [​IMG]
     
  6. syble

    syble Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What would be the waiting period before those eggs would be good to collect for incubating.(more are laying now)
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  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It is not the norm, but it can happen. My jumbos were always the last to start laying at 8-10 weeks, but I did have an english white who started laying at 4 weeks 5 days of age.

    If you have seen the males breeding or heard them crowing you can try hatching them whenever you want. The first few hatches might not be that good, but you should get a few from each. Or you could wait a month or so until you KNOW the boy/boys is/are doing the job and set eggs.
     
  8. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It can happen, though pretty early. Mine usually lay at around 5 weeks, but I do sometimes have early bloomers. Just keep doing what ever you are doing!

    A small "STARTER Egg" is common. Give them another week or two to settle in. [​IMG]
     
  9. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this has been my experience too they start at 5-6 weeks out
     
  10. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd wait a couple weeks before hatching any eggs.. I doubt the boys are breeding at such a young age.

    But, you could always crack a few open and check for fertility
     

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