Where do Quail like to lay their eggs?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by ryan112ryan, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. ryan112ryan

    ryan112ryan Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 19, 2009
    I just got my first quail a few weeks ago (brown and Texas A&M Cotournix). I built a cage with a 1/2" hardware cloth bottom so I could minimize cleaning (see below). Quick questions:

    1. Will they just lay their eggs anywhere? If I don't grab the eggs right away will they peck them? I didn't want to put any bedding (because I'd have to clean it)

    2. When are they old enough to put on the mesh 24 / 7?

    3. I think I read they will start laying by 6 weeks, is that right?

    4. Should I put a bulb on a timer for the winter, I saw somewhere 14 hours a day

  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
  3. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    they will lay thier eggs in the corners, but if the quail starve they will peck the eggs
  4. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    They will lay anywhere but if you offer a box with shredded paper or straw or something not easy to kick out they might lay most of the eggs in that box.

    Someone here puts a bowl in the pen, then changes the bowl out every time they pick eggs up.

    They really do like corners or "protected" spots in general.
  5. DLS

    DLS Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will just lay any where. will walk along & PLOP an egg [​IMG]
  6. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Quote:That would be one of my ideas. If only they would quit eating the eggs and laying in the waterers.
  7. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Mine have wicker baskets. Most of the time they use them to lay their eggs, too.

    Even the button quail that have little sheltered places to lay their eggs choose to use them.

    Note to self: Look for more cheap, small baskets next time I go to the thrift store...

    The miserly move might be to learn to weave my own baskets, but time does not allow. [​IMG]

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