When can Coturnix quail breed?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by HillBillyFL, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. HillBillyFL

    HillBillyFL Just Hatched

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    I've heard people saying that they breed only in the spring, but others have said year round. I honestly don't know who to believe so I need some help please! Thanks
     
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    If you supplement their light and keep them indoors they will breed year round. If they are given a natural seasonal cycle they will lay/breed as long as their is enough daylight, so most of spring, all summer (though if you are somewhere that gets very hot they may take a break) and most of autumn before moulting and resting for winter. The males will crow at dawn and dusk when in breeding condition, otherwise they are quiet.
     
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  3. kaeporagaebora

    kaeporagaebora New Egg

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    I got my first quail back in December. I was keeping them in my garage because of the snow I couldn't get a coop built outside for them where they are now. They were laying throughout the winter, but of course the garage was probably about 50 F and I had a lamp on them for a couple hours before the sun came up and a couple hours after the sun went down. I'm not sure cold matters as much as light. But I'm sure if it is freezing they wont lay at all.
     
  4. Q QUAIL S

    Q QUAIL S Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't have any light on mine, but they do it all year round.
     
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  5. KeithKZ

    KeithKZ Out Of The Brooder

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    This is correct. They need 14-16 hours of daylight to lay. Temperature is completely irrelevant. I know. I live in Michigan.
     

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