My first eggs??!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by tinkatwerp, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. tinkatwerp

    tinkatwerp In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2014
    So I hatched some coturnix latish (in august I believe) last summer. they're housed in a pen outside. They were about 6 weeks old in Septermber hit so I didn't really get the opportunity to get any eggs, so from September until about two or three weeks ago I put Christmas lights up in their coop in an attempt to coax some eggs out of them. About two or three weeks ago I turned the lights off so I could use the electricity to keep their water from freezing. Today I went out to the coop (after not going out there for about a week) and found seven eggs, and I can't for the life of me figure out why. Also I didn't find any little eggs like I should get when a hen starts laying. I'm thrilled, but we're only getting about 10 hours of daylight. The roosters haven't been crowing or anything. Just out of no where these seven eggs pop up. So my question is why do I have eggs all the sudden and how do I keep them laying?
  2. Bryam

    Bryam Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    It might have been from the light from the Christmas lights!

    Happy hatching!
  3. tinkatwerp

    tinkatwerp In the Brooder

    Mar 31, 2014
    So should I put a surge protector out there and put them back on? Why could it be that I had the lights on for 3 months and they never laid anything, but 3 weeks after I turn it off they start laying? Is it possible the lights were stressing them out and when it turned off they got back to normal? because it seems really weird to me that they never laid while the lights were on.
  4. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Crowing

    Dec 11, 2010

    Yes, your birds started laying because of the X-mas lights.... It is very common to use them to induce eggs in coturnix..... It normally takes about two weeks to get them started. If its cold and the lights are very dim, it takes longer.... Once they get started, They often keep going after the lights are removed....This is why the cock birds are not crowing...... All game bird breeding is based on hrs of light. My biggest question is why in the world would you keep any animal and "not go out there for about a week" ?
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2014
  5. Invision

    Invision Chirping

    Jul 24, 2014
    Washington, Kitsap County
    For me one of my females started laying right on 6 weeks old. the next was about 2 days later and the other 2 were a month later. It all depends on the birds.

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