Need help with quail

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Menchu1961, May 31, 2017.

  1. Menchu1961

    Menchu1961 New Egg

    May 30, 2017
    Hi. I'm new to the site. I recently acquired 4 cotunix quails. 3 females and one male. I've had them of almost 2 wks, but have gotten only 3 eggs from them. One w/o shell. I was giving them chicken crumble for layers, but after reading some, I changed the food to while game bird with 30% protein. I am also supplementing with oyster shel crushed and mealworms. They have 14 hs of light. No predators. Planty of space. Any suggestions. Thank you for any advise.
  2. chicklady21

    chicklady21 Just Hatched

    Mar 30, 2017
    It will take them several more weeks to really get settled in. Then they will increase egg production. They are still stressed
  3. Menchu1961

    Menchu1961 New Egg

    May 30, 2017
    Thanks. That is what I was thinking.... just needed some reassurance...
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Have you tried posting on the quail thread?
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

    Yes, it may take a couple more weeks for them to relax enough to begin laying. Be careful with 30% protein food and quail. This high of protein feed should only be used for birds you intend on eating or babies. The standard hen can't handle this high protein and it will cause her to lay too frequently or send out more than one yolk a day. Egg binding is very common in quail that are on high protein food. 24% to 26% is much better. And if you have males in with hens, I would stick to 24% as they can refuse to eat high protein food and end up hungry and mal nourished. They don't need such high protein food either.

    Good luck with your quail and welcome to our roost! :)
  6. Menchu1961

    Menchu1961 New Egg

    May 30, 2017
    Thank you. I will low the protein in the food. I got 3 eggs today. One for each hen. The male seems to be eating well, but I'm going to low the protein some and given then some egg shells as they seem to be having a hard time eating the oister shell because they are too bib.

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