quail eggs too fragile...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by the Pollo Loco, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    has anyone else experience this? and has adding oyster shell helped?
     
  2. BigBird31

    BigBird31 Out Of The Brooder

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    actually oyster shell doesn't help try to give lots of toast and dry food and onions
     
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Are you saying they are cracking too easily? I would add oyster shells to their dustbath.

    What is their diet by the way? They should have a high protein gamebird crumble diet.
     
  4. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:yes they are cracking to easy, they are on 24 percent gamebird crumble, (only)
     
  5. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try feeding a high protein gamebird crumble. Add a little oyster shell. Also won't hurt any to give them some chicken scratch and pullet sized grit as a treat along with a few leafy greens.

    If you can't find any of the gamebird crumble, try some non-medicated turkey starter. Go for at least a 22% protein level. You could even go with a layer crumble (the stuff I get is a 20% layer) but find something to supplement it with since you need to aim for 22-24% protein.

    Also, if these are just starting to lay birds they are still working the kinks out and some days you will get a shell that cracks when you look at it and the next day one that is crack resistant.
     
  6. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not quite wanting to do this... but would like to at least rinse them in the kitchen sink without them cracking...
     
  7. Chinchilla2

    Chinchilla2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you wanting to wash them? I never did wash them unless I was blowing them out for craft eggs. I didn't get many dirty ones and if I wanted to boil up a few for dinner or as a snack, a little running water and some light rubbing usually did the trick.

    If you are washing before incubating, I definitely wouldn't do that since that erodes the protective bacterial resistant coating on them. If they have a major wad of poop on them, then maybe a little water but other than that, I wouldn't do it.
     
  8. the Pollo Loco

    the Pollo Loco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just rinsing...
     
  9. Chikndinner

    Chikndinner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What in the world is up with this??
     
  10. TedJan92_in_Idaho

    TedJan92_in_Idaho Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What in the world is up with this??

    Do not feed them onions. They are poisonous to birds
     

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