Quail still not laying

Discussion in 'Quail' started by 6Chickens&counting, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. 6Chickens&counting

    6Chickens&counting Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    It's been almost 7 months and I have not gotten a single egg from my tibetan coturnix quail. They hatched at the end of August and were fully matured by the end of October. I've read that they need 14 hours of sunlight or artificial light to lay. They are outside with no artificial lights so will they lay in the spring and summer? Please help! :)
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Are you sure you have females? Make sure you are feeding them high protein gamebird food so they can produce eggs. Oyster shell on the side for the layers. Spring should get things rolling soon.
  3. Are they all males? [if they are all males-you cannot tell from there mating practices. At the moment, I have a pen of 13 males and they mate each other more than my male/female pens.
    The males will "boink" each other in a heartbeat.]

    Are they making the TWEET TWEET noise? [meaning- are they all males]

    Are they eating their eggs?

    Is there something else eating their eggs?

    Are they on wire or ground?

    If you have only a few, you might move them somewhere else.

    Is there anything [animals] that keep scaring them--again move them if you can?

    Do they have a sandbox? Mine love bathing and laying in the sandbox.
  4. 6Chickens&counting

    6Chickens&counting Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    I'm pretty sure I have at least two or three females because they are bigger than the males. Recently there have been some quail that have gone on the nest box and sat there a while but there's never an egg after. I feed them the game bird feed with 22% protein. And so far I've seen two different males crow. A lot of mating too. And they are on dirt not wire. I've also noticed the poop with foam which indicates if its male or not.
  5. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    Supplement with oyster shell. Give them straw daily. Sand for baths. Throw meal worms in the sand. Thesr social activities keep mine laying year round.
  6. underground chickenman

    underground chickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 30, 2009
    Orlando, Florida
    It's probably the light. I don't know where you are, but in Orlando, we are still having less than 12 hours of daylight. If you are any further north than that, then you have even shorter days. Adequate feed, water and longer days or artificial light and you should be getting about an egg a day...unless they are all males.

    Not sure about the poop with foam as a sex sign. That sounds more like urine or, more specifically, uric acid, or bird pee, essentially.
  7. BobWhitesrus

    BobWhitesrus Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 10, 2013
    Haughton Louisianna
    under natural light it will be mid to late april!..all quail are mostly summertime layers..24 hour lite is what we use for all quail here!
  8. laseterlass

    laseterlass Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2011
    Anchorage Alaska
    foam os a sign that male cotirnix are mating
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2013
  9. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    Corapeake NC
    Unless you live somewhere with crazy long days in the winter (assuming you DIDN'T use artificial light), it is not unusual that you didn't get eggs in the winter. Size doesn't matter; you can't use that as a determining factor. Usually females are larger than males, but not always. A good way to determine is males will crow, which is a very distinct loud sound, and the females make a sound that sounds almost identical to a cricket. The only sure fire way to sex them is vent sexing, in which you have to know what your doing.

    I live in Virginia, and with my birds using only natural light, I have only started getting eggs from my Chukars and ringneck pheasants, and its only been an egg here and there. None of my quails have started laying with natural light yet.

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