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Discussion in 'Quail' started by quaillady1221, May 2, 2016.

  1. quaillady1221

    quaillady1221 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone I am new here and just got 6 coturnix females. I've had them for about a week. I know this question is asked a billion times lol so bare with me, I know they need time to adjust and settle, we put them in a nice spot and they have a light. We make sure they get plenty of light, food, bedding, water and so on. My question is how long do you guys think it will be till we have our girls laying eggs ?
     
  2. quaillady1221

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    Oh an wanted to add I will be getting one more female as well as a male on mossy :)
     
  3. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure the feed is high in protein - 24-30%. And that you supply them with extra calcium (powdered oyster shell, for instance) in a separate bowl. It usually takes 2-3 weeks for them to start laying, when a major change has happened. But if you add more birds, they might consider that a major change as well.
    Be very careful when adding the new birds. If you just throw them into the cage, they might start fighting. Usually it's recommended to house the quail beside each other for 1-2 weeks, before placing them together in a cage that is new to all of them.
     
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  4. quaillady1221

    quaillady1221 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the info :) will look into getting oyster shell powder :)
     
  5. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? That could also impact things. When I got mine, it was assumed that they were already mature enough to lay, but from what I saw regarding their continued growth after I got them and also since some are STILL not laying for me, I suspect mine were a range of ages when I got them.
     
  6. quaillady1221

    quaillady1221 Out Of The Brooder

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    They are all 8 weeks old :)
     
  7. paneubert

    paneubert Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is going to be around the earliest you could normally expect eggs. I would think the next few weeks will be both a settling in time, as well as a final maturing time.
     
  8. quaillady1221

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    That's good to know :) thank you for the advice !
     

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