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GooGooGaChoob

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
11
3
24
San Diego
I keep trios of 11-week old coturnix in wire cages of about 20"x20". They do not have nesting boxes, but do have trays of soil for dust baths. Each cage is roofed, they are fed 21% protein game feed, have food and water around the clock, but still no eggs. What's wrong with this setup? Thanks in advance.
 

dc3085

Crowing
7 Years
Jan 6, 2013
3,288
331
251
SF Bay Area, California
Not all quail start laying right at 8 weeks. I don't worry about anything until well after 12 weeks. They get stressed easy by prowling predators loud noises,and being moved to new cages along with a jillion other things but until they are actually grown it's hard to say if they aren't laying because a cat is bothering them or because they aren't ready yet.
 

Nadeerah

Chirping
6 Years
Apr 26, 2013
53
4
76
Staten Island, NY
I'm in the same boat as you. Waiting for the first eggs :caf
I have seen them mating and hearing the rooster crow. Maybe I need to give the girls a pep talk. Lol
 

GooGooGaChoob

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
11
3
24
San Diego
I plan to attempt using birdhouse gourds as nesting boxes, but I think my 70-lb. German Shepherd puppy and my Tom cat may be slowing down the process.
 
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erato89

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 12, 2014
6
0
9
West Texas
My quail just recently started laying this past month at 10 weeks old. We are at 12 weeks old now, and some of the ladies still haven't started. Adding supplemental light may help this early in the year.
 

nayeli

Songster
6 Years
Jan 18, 2014
1,988
105
196
I don't even know how old mine are now and I still haven't gotten a single egg! =/
 

GooGooGaChoob

In the Brooder
9 Years
Apr 9, 2010
11
3
24
San Diego
Forget I said anything. Before I could cut up a birdhouse gourd, they started laying. The irony is today I planned to slaughter a few. Now there's a motivator.
 

USAmma

Songster
10 Years
Jul 26, 2009
187
21
128
So glad you got eggs!! :)

I wanted to suggest upping their protein. Mine were on 30% and started laying early, and produce an egg a day (at least) at 6 months old. I also give them daily calcium.

Enjoy the eggs! In a few days you might have enough for an omelette.
 

James the Bald

Songster
7 Years
Jan 6, 2013
1,022
127
206
Walrus, patience is the key for most everything quail related.... patience on having them hatch, patience on learning their sex... patience on receiving eggs...
James
 
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