When can I expect eggs from my Bobwhites?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by grouse, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. grouse

    grouse Out Of The Brooder

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    It's my first time raising Bobwhites and I have several local people interested in buying the eggs from me (for eating) so I'm wondering when I can expect the quail to start laying. I have 22 of them, about half of which are female, and they were born at the beginning of June which makes them 23 weeks old now but I still haven't seen any eggs from any of them. I don't know if this is due to the time of year/lack of daylight here or not...there's currently only about 10 hours of daylight and that'll change to 9 and then 8.5 pretty soon. Do quail still lay eggs in the winter? My chickens lay throughout the winter, albeit slower, but then again they have artificial lighting in their hen house and since the Bobwhites are in an outdoor pen (with a sheltered enclosure attached) it would be hard to implement that same sort of lighting with them.

    Would putting in egg boxes help? I was told they just lay their eggs in the straw on the floor but if egg boxes or anything else would help improve the likelihood of getting eggs from them then I'm willing to try it.
     
  2. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Quote:they will start laying eggs in April.
     
  3. LostinQuailLand

    LostinQuailLand Out Of The Brooder

    My bobwhites are still laying! Im over run!!!!!
     
  4. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Really? LUCKY!!
     
  5. LostinQuailLand

    LostinQuailLand Out Of The Brooder

    Quote:Yep! I was getting 15 to 20 eggs a day and decided that I would turn the lighting down to a minimum so that they would stop laying and now Im down to two or three a day.
     
  6. BobwhiteQuailLover

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    Sep 25, 2010
    Wisconsin
    Mine stopped laying in Sept.
     
  7. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Wow that's really early mine lais until late October. I don't know if they are still laying or not because I just sold them. LostinQuailLand how much do you sell eggs for?
     
  8. JJMR794

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    Quote:THEY WILL NOT LAY UNTIL LATE SPRING IN ALL LIKELIHOOD
     
  9. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Yep, you will walk out there next spring and when you pick up the feeder you will find a little white egg setting there. Then you will start jumping up and down while carrying it inside to stick it in the bator. That's what usually happens.
     
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:UNLESS YOU FUMBLE IT IN YOUR EXCITED STATE [​IMG]
     

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