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will bobwhites lay first season?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Birdman18, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I'm trying to hatch bobwhites next year, and was thinking if i hatch them early enough maybe March, would their be a chance that they would lay and breed by summer?
    Or should i maybe order adult birds for the best chance for breeding next summer?


    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! [​IMG]
    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2009
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Some Bobs Will Lay As Early As 16-20 Wks. But Many Will Not Lay Until The Following Spring. A Safe Bet Is Adult Birds To Start With If You're In A Hurry. All Must Have At Least 14 Hrs Of Light A Day To Lay.
     
  3. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    They need to be 4 to 5 months old to lay, so those hatched in march will not lay untill spring the next year. Even with lights it would be fall before laying. so get grown birds now.
     
  4. Birdman18

    Birdman18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    Thanks so much guys for replying [​IMG] !!

    I'll try to get adult birds then.

    I appreciate it!
     

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