When are the eggs fertile?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jaybeeson18, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. jaybeeson18

    jaybeeson18 Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone help me answer this question. I'm talking for the long run here. I have baby quails. If I get females and males and I put about 4 cocks with 10 hens. When the hens start laying how do I know there fertile? Do the males have sex and then the hen will lay a number of eggs throughout the week that a fertile? Or does the male have to have sex every time for 1 egg to be fertile? Does the sperm get stored in the hen somewhere?

    Basically how does it work????
     
  2. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    There are no quail that will be happy in a 4:10 ratio cocks:hens in any cage a hobbyist is likely to build. Unless you have very large cages it is not advised to keep multiple roosters in the same enclosure. Depending on what type of quail you are raising there are some general guidelines to how you breed each species. Coturnix do best in a ratio of 1:4-1:7 in a hobby sized cage (anything under 1-200 sq ft). Bobwhites should only be kept in pairs, the same goes for most new world quail and many old world quail. Fertility is almost never an issue since once a hen is bred she will remain fertile for at least 5 and up to 14 days. A coturnix roo will mate several times a day so with 7 hens or less (but more than 3 because males can easily mate hens to death) you will have a good fertility rate.
     
  3. Chicken-Farmer

    Chicken-Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Once a hen is mated she will remain fertile for about a week. Dont know the specifics of how, but she just is.

    Chicken-Farmer
     

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