When will they start earning their keep? (Coturnix) *I GOT AN EGG!!*

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quiltnchik, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    As if it wasn't bad enough that out of the 8 Coturnix that hatched my first go-round, only 3 are females, now the little freeloaders aren't laying (they were 6 weeks old Tuesday)! When will these crazy birds finally start earning their keep?!? *LoL*
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  2. CARS

    CARS Songster


    Mine lay eggs daily, I butcher offen, and sell some fertial eggs. Still haven't broke even on these things [​IMG]

    (really didn't plan on it though. More of an experiment for me)
  3. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Quote:I don't literally expect them to "earn their keep." It would just be nice to start seeing some eggs from the little butt-heads! *LoL*
  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    soon can take up to 8 weeks.
  5. Isablahblah

    Isablahblah Songster

    Jul 7, 2009
    mine were fully grown when i got them and would not lay eggs for about a month. finally started laying this past sunday [​IMG]
  6. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Yeah, a lot of times it will take 8 weeks.
  7. mamawolf544

    mamawolf544 Unbreakable Heart

    Apr 29, 2009
    alvarado, Tx
    I got my first eggs off e-bay in April. Hatched out about 60 babies. And my first eggs are hatching today from them, and I put another 100 in the bator. I have sold some eggs and pickled a few and they are so much fun. Those are A&M's. But my Bobwhites are suppose to start laying next week. I'm not so sure about them, they are almost as bad as waiting for a chicken to lay their 1st egg. LOL
    But nothing at my house ever earns it's keep!!![​IMG]
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    6 weeks is normally just an early laying period i've had some take 12 weeks to start laying for the first time. key is light, 14 hours a day [​IMG] This time of the year natural light will work [​IMG]
  9. texaschickmama

    texaschickmama Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Poolville, TX
    Patience my dear, patience!!! It's only 6-8 wks. Just imagine if you had Bob Whites, that's a good 26 wks. Are you feeding gamebird starter, breeder, or layer?
  10. quiltnchik

    quiltnchik Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Quote:I'm using game bird starter. I guess it's like my mom always says, "When the apple is ripe, it will fall," but I swear it's like watching paint dry! [​IMG] At least I don't have to wait as long on the Coturnix as I do my chickens; I've had them since May and they still aren't old enough to lay! [​IMG]

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