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Quail still laying winter? (How to stop them?!)

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SeptemberQuail, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Songster

    Oct 10, 2012
    When I first got quail, I was having trouble getting them to lay eggs, and now they won't stop!
    These guys are egg machines.

    My quail are around 9 months old now and it's nearing the end of winter, so the day is obviously shorter.
    I let them out at around 8 am and let them in to sleep at around 5 - 5:30pm so that's around 9 hours a day of sunlight (out of the 12 - 14 hours they need to lay -- they have no artificial light). I've also lowered their food protein (from 28% to 22%) and yet they still continue to lay...

    Any way to make them stop?
    I don't want their lifespan to dramatically shorten because of this. I thought quail were supposed to stop laying in winter.(?)

    Thanks in advance.

  2. spikennipper

    spikennipper Songster

    Jul 25, 2009
    Kent, UK.
    Quail have fairly short lifespans anyway so I wouldn't worry, I think as long as they are outside exposed to the seasons you are not doing anything wrong, just keep going as you are and if they want to lay let them, they will probably slow down as they get older and then you will want them to lay! I think Temps and light has a lot to do with it, am I right in thinking the temps have not been too cold and the days not too gloomy over winter in Oz? do you still get a fair bit of sun? I have no such problems in UK winters lol, the girls stop laying once we head into winter.
  3. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Songster

    Oct 10, 2012
    Thanks for the reply!

    Well, actually its been a bit more cooler this year than past winters, heading into the negatives during the night and early morning. It doesn't snow where I live, so there's only ever frost on the grass on cold mornings, by the time I let my quail out, there will only be frost where there's shadow. The days vary, some days it'll be windy and chilly, other days will feel warm and sunny, and so on.
    By 5 o'clock it'll already start to get a little dark and by 6, it'll be pitch black outside.
    Maybe I should ask them nicely to stop laying eggs until spring. [​IMG]
  4. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

    Sep 2, 2008
    Esk Qld Australia
    MIne have laid right through winter too .
  5. Weirdness555

    Weirdness555 Chirping

    May 30, 2013
    I wouldn't worry too much, I'd put the protein back up and just let them lay, it's making them lay longer with artificial light that can harm them long term, if they're laying naturally due to the weather I'm sure they're fine.

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