My birds are getting old :(

Discussion in 'Quail' started by shelleyd2008, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I went out to the quail pen yesterday to find my last remaining red coturnix hen was dead [​IMG] She was about 2 years old. I know they should live a little longer but it seems like 2 years is about the cut-off around here. Most of the rest are nearing or over the 2 year mark so I'm expecting a lot more loss this year. Hopefully it won't be too hot this summer because the too cold winter sure did a number on them. This past fall, when I put 4 new (younger) birds in the pen there were 25 birds. Now there are only 17 [​IMG]
     
  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

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    2 years?!?! Mocha is turning 2... [​IMG]
     
  3. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

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    hate to hear it shelley.. might want to look at hatching some replacements!! I love all the colors your chicks has!
     
  4. Little_Bigfoot

    Little_Bigfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    for laying hens 2 years is about average if your not selling/hatching eggs put in a fake clutch of eggs and give her a break, then also supply calcium suppliment should help extend the life span a year or 2
     
  5. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Quote:This is in the quail forum, not the chicken forums. Coturnix quail won't go for a clutch of eggs. They very rarely go broody and even if they do, rarely actually stay on the eggs. They also absorb calcium differently than chickens.
     
  6. kahlertm

    kahlertm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So sorry Shelly, about your red hen. They live too short no matter if you add a year or two or not. Look forward to hatching more babies. I hope you had some of her progeny. We all know you do a fabulous job with your birds. We all know she probably had a great life under your care.

    Tonya
     
  7. Little_Bigfoot

    Little_Bigfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh didnt know that, i always did it with my buttons figured it would work for coturnix as well
     
  8. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
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    Quote:Most bobwhites will live longer because they are seasonal layers/breeders.
     
  9. Barney47

    Barney47 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to quail so is this sudden death normal? I got about 25 last fall that were 8-10 weeks old and have lost 3 or 4 in the last 2 months. I didn't lose any during the cold of winter. They look fine and then one would be dead in the morning. They can't hit their head on anything but maybe they hit the side of the cage.
     
  10. BobwhiteQuailLover

    BobwhiteQuailLover Country Girl[IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.

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    Quote:Most bobwhites will live longer because they are seasonal layers/breeders.

    O, thats good! [​IMG]
     

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