my quails won't lay any eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by debbiefoxy, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. debbiefoxy

    debbiefoxy Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 24, 2013
    ashford kent
    I've had my 6 quails all girls very big house eat finch found worms
    thay have had lights now for two weeks still not one egg I change there water ever
    where am I going wrong
    there 40 weeks old now
    help plz
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    What breed of quail do you have? Quail are seasonal layers (meaning if left to their own accord, they will only lay during their breeding season of spring thru fall) and wont lay in the winter unless you add more lighting to their environment. (12 to 16 total hours of daylight)

    Especially if you have one of the New World quail breeds (which does not mature until they are 6 or more months old) such as Bobwhites, Gambels, Blue Scale, California's, etc....they are notorious on waiting til the following spring from their hatch, even with added lighting.

    Stress will prevent them from laying as will being ill of health. The improper ratio of males to hens, depending on the breed, will also prevent laying.

    Make sure you have them on a good diet, and always offer up crushed oystershell to the layers.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2014

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