We recently got 6 female Quail, they were 6 weeks old. took them home put them in a cage, we feed 30 percent game feed and put sand in a box for them. At 8 weeks we decided to eventually try to hatch some eggs, so we went back and got 2 OLDER boys, and were given 2 more girls. So we now have a total of 8 girls and 2 boys all in one cage. Before we got the new ones, we were getting 1 egg a day. The New ones are about 4 months old.. this was a week ago. we are now getting 3 eggs a day. My question is, why are the younger ones not all laying eggs? We have had them for 4 weeks, making them 10 weeks old now. Could it be, the stress from adding the new birds in? or, My thoughts are.. My grand daughter, which is raising the quail for a school project is trying to make pets out of them.. These birds haven't been handled before we got them.. now, she goes out and holds them, pets them, etc.. could she be stressing them out? I told her today to not bother them at all, except to feed and water them. leave them alone and see what happens. I'm hoping with her leaving them alone it will help.. Thanks for the advice, I know I will get... I have enjoyed being a member of this forum.. so much information..