That's what's known as a 'shell-less egg. Sometimes when they first begin to lay, it happens, until their reproductive system matures. It could be that she may need extra calcium in her diet, too! Crushed egg shells or finely ground oyster shell, givin 'free-choice should be given in a separate dish from the feeder.Does anybody know why the egg was laid with a membrane/skin surrounding the entire egg. It was completely encased with a tube at the end (photo is of it removed).
Are your quail Coturnix or ?They are on Marriage's quail layers pellets with 20% protein and 3% calcium. Do not think it's the food as all the others are laying nice eggs.
We introduced a chick we hatched into the flock of 8 older birds. We had them from 3 weeks and none of those laid any shell-less eggs to-date. So it must be the chicks first egg.
We now have a further 18 in the brooder, so time will tell if we get any more of these anomalies. It's certainly a steep learning curve!
Do you have any advice on a broody hen. She sat for 3 days the first time and 11 days the second (month apart). The other quail seem to lay their eggs in front of her and she pulls them in, 18 eggs in total the last time. Plus the male chases her when she comes out to feed, which she objects to. We incubated them and got 4 hatched, but over 4 days and disposed the remaining eggs.
Any help would be greatly received.
Can you raise crickets and/or grow millet? Those might make some nice dietary supplements for them.@007Sean Thanks for the breakdown on needed amino acid & vitamin requirements for quail, I've bookmarked this for future reference.
I live in a tiny country in Central America, Panama. The absolute best feed available for any poultry is what they simply call "laying quail" feed (postura codornix). The formula changes throughout the year, sometimes guaranteed to be 18% protein, and sometimes as high as 20%. It's never been higher than 20%. They don't sell protein supplements or say, soy meal, separately so mixing my own really isn't an option. I've been getting by, by paying attention to the label on the bag and grinding and mixing in dry cat food, only offering treats that are high in protein or have the needed amino acids, and then only once a week or so is any 'treat' offered... and sometimes their 'treat' is ground eggshell. I was very surprised to find that although the name says it's for laying quail, there's NO calcium in the feed. None. I do add a product called Chick Vit ESe to their water, it's vitamin E, selenium, methionine. I have another product that I only use for sick birds called Chick Booster, it has a very long list of vitamins in it, but it's only available in a visine-sized bottle, and then only available at the store sometimes. I wish I could get a nice LARGE bottle of the Chick Booster, as the list of vitamins and minerals in it is impressive. Mail Order is not an option for me, and the feed store refuses to accept orders for such things, even if prepaid.
Any advice on how to improve their diet for the sake of their good health, long life, and quality of chicks produced when incubated would be greatly appreciated.
That appears to have been a fully formed egg that for whatever reason was delayed in the shell gland, and was then in the process of having another coating of shell laid on it... before she managed to expel it. Sometimes young pullets, new layers, take awhile for all of the various parts of their reproductive system to get into synchronization. I wouldn't worry about this at all if it's a one time thing. If this issue persists for longer than a couple of weeks then more research would be needed. Also note, that because she's still getting on schedule, she may miss a day or two after laying that, but if she misses three days, or if she seems "off", then you'll want to go through the steps for an egg bound hen. That rubbery membrane is VERY difficult for the hen to pass, so if she gets bound, be sure to lube her vent inside and out with a product like KY-Jelly (water soluble personal lubricant sold at your local pharmacy, drug store, chemist). The shell on the original egg appears very weak and crumbly. Here's a link on vitamins and how a deficiency can affect the eggs. https://thepoultrysite.com/articles/vitamins-and-minerals-important-to-poultryDoes anybody know why the egg was laid with a membrane/skin surrounding the entire egg. It was completely encased with a tube at the end (photo is of it removed).
I can grow millet, both red and white; I have not been feeding millet as the protein content varies from as low as 5%, and averages at 10 to 12%... I feared that millet would reduce the overall protein even more than it is already. Is there something in it that's particularly beneficial to quail to warrant the added reduction in overall protein?Can you raise crickets and/or grow millet? Those might make some nice dietary supplements for them.
I was just reading that it is part of a quail's natural diet. Crickets are very high in protein, so that would bring the protein up.I can grow millet, both red and white; I have not been feeding millet as the protein content varies from as low as 5%, and averages at 10 to 12%... I feared that millet would reduce the overall protein even more than it is already. Is there something in it that's particularly beneficial to quail to warrant the added reduction in overall protein?