Tibetan coturnix not laying

Discussion in 'Quail' started by 6Chickens&counting, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. 6Chickens&counting

    6Chickens&counting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My tibetan quail are 4 months old and have not layed a single egg yet. Maybe it is just because its winter..... Anyone please let me know. Thank you! :)
     
  2. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tibetan quail are one color that is difficult to sex. The only sure way to know is if they are active or the roo crows. Do you have a roo or all they hens? If they're hens it may be possible that they won't lay without a roo.
     
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  3. 6Chickens&counting

    6Chickens&counting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have eight and sometimes at night I will hear partial crow from one. I've also noticed the back of the hens feathers are missing around the neck and head area. I came up with two conclusions: the other hens are Fighting with a eachother or the rooster is mating with them. They are outside so it may just be the lack of light?
     
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How peculiar that they're not laying yet. The light will affect this, but usually young birds like that will lay anyway.

    Are your other birds laying? How much?

    It's a long shot, but you might want to check the water that comes out of your hose for chemicals. An ordinary home water test will do the trick--make sure it tests for chemicals, not just pH and bacteria, etc. Last year, I discovered my hose was leaching chemicals into the water that had suppressed laying for ALL of my birds (ducks, chickens, AND quail).

    Installed a carbon filter, and they started laying again a few months later.

    Another possibility is that you have an egg thief--maybe a small snake is stealing the eggs? Can any other small animals get in there--maybe a rat?

    Good luck figuring it out. How frustrating!
     

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