When to expect Texas A&M quail to lay eggs?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by finsfan79, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. finsfan79

    finsfan79 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2010
    Started to notice mating behavior a few days ago. (Mounting while pecking the one below by the neck)

    They are 7wks old. Do all male quails crow because the one i saw mounting the other i havent seen crow yet.

    Out of the 13 i have theres only one that crows and it crows all the time. I havent really seen any of others crow.

  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 5, 2010
    my house in maryland
    They are Coturnix....Texas A & M is only the so called name of 1 Coturnix variety ( white or white with a spot or 2 of color on it's head or body and a bit bigger than an English White)....Generally they start to lay at 6-8 weeks of age.
  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Well I don't want to open up the whole A&M debate, but they are a color mutation of the coturnix. You can't sex them by feathers or anything so you will have to vent sex or beer sex. They all crow, but some start later than others. If you want to vent sex them look at the sticky at the top of the page.
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

    Feb 6, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Agreed...patience is key. If you have lighting 14 hours a day they should lay soon.
  5. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Given proper lighting, "SAMENESS", and nutrition. Coturnix hens should start laying somewhere between 6 and 8 weeks. Change any of those 3 variables, then all bets are off. Throw in sub zero weather, and you are on your own.

    Somewhere between 8 and 80,000 weeks [​IMG]

    Sorry, I can't be more specific [​IMG]
  6. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Unfortunately Since Quail Cant Read They Dont Follow Any Rule Book... Make The Conditions Right And Then Maintain Perpetual Sameness... After That They Will Lay When They Are Good And Ready But Not A Moment Sooner. If You're Already Doing This They Should Start Anytime Now... But If You're Pacing Outside The Cage Like An Expectant Father It Will Be Longer As Young Hens Get Stage Fright, Or They Just Like To Watch Us Agonize??
  7. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Yup! When I develop a strain of coturnix, that can read, and properly follow everything ever written about them, and do so accordingly...I will list them on ebay and note:They hatch in 16 days, they grow to 16 oz. in 6 short weeks, lay eggs in 6 weeks, and taste just like....What ever game bird you like to eat.

    I love my coturnix, but they can't read for poop!

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