Quail Molting?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bubbleberry, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. bubbleberry

    bubbleberry Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    I have 4 corturnix quail hens living outside and fed on ad-lib turkey growers. They're less than a year old and haven't started laying coming out of winter, we get around 12 hours of daylight here now.

    There are a few feathers around and they're looking scruffy but is it usual for them to molt just before spring? I can't think of any other reason why they may not be laying, though I should maybe get them some oyster shells...
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Yes, some birds molt before breeding season and then after breeding season.

    Take a look around the neck and head for a lot pin feathers. This is a sure fire sign of molting as apposed to aggression.
     
  3. bubbleberry

    bubbleberry Out Of The Brooder

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    One had a lot of pin feathers on her neck and towards her back come to think of it. I thought they had been squabbling but thought it strange as these 4 seem to get along well and hadn't noticed any bald patches previously. That must explain it then, thanks very much!
     

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