when will my coturnix quail start laying eggs

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailfarm14, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. quailfarm14

    quailfarm14 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have three coturnix quail and they are 6 weeks old. The male is crowing but the females aren't laying eggs yet. How long do you think till they might start laying?
     
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  2. Quail Jailer

    Quail Jailer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you only have two hens, they'll start laying a lot sooner if you get the roo out.

    Two hens is not enough, for a single rooster you need at least 4 hens.

    He is probably overbreeding the hens, stressing them out.

    My hens usually start laying about 5.5-6 weeks, many others take longer.
     
  3. HowieNZ

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    If you see the Roo jumping the hens continuously then yes spell the hens for a week of his attentions, watch for signs of abuse, for example feathers missing on the back of the neck of hens. Assuming they are getting enough protein (25 % plus) & maybe a calcium supplement ( I just crush chicken an quail egg shells) and light (14 hours), your hens should start laying anytime.
     
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  4. Quail Jailer

    Quail Jailer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If nothing, two hens is not enough for a breeding setup. if your rooster is normal, he will overbreed.

    if you want fertile eggs get at least two more hens, I prefer 7/1.

    if you want eggs to eat, separate the roo.

    If you live near me, I can fix you up.
     
  5. Brohnson

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    Yes not enough hens. I have 9/1 ratio and I always get 9 eggs every day and everyone is happy and eggs are hatching good ;)
     
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  6. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Depending on your ambient stresses and their genetics they will start anywhere between 7-12 weeks. i don't begin to get concerned until after 12 weeks.
     
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  7. quailfarm14

    quailfarm14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  8. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You also need to make sure that they get some real daylight during the day. They get vitamins from it like people do.
     
  9. quailfarm14

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    They live outside in a cage so they get lots of natural light. But it is pretty hot out I wonder if that has anything to do with not laying?
     
  10. Quail Jailer

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    *sigh*
     

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