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Post by sarros on Sat May 03, 2008 6:54 pm

Hi everyone,

My husband purchased 8 quail this morning that are 6-7 weeks old. This afternoon one of them laid an egg and it weighs 19 grams. Smile Is this small, big, average as we've never kept quail before and haven't a clue! I'd never even seen a quail egg before!! Not sure what breed but possibly look like Japenese quail. Is the ark they're in ok for size for 8 hens (it measures about 3m x 1m)? The ark is in the chicken run but the birds can't get at each other...

Thanks for any help - will get photos and try to put them on for breed type...

Sarah

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Post by Ironsun on Sat May 03, 2008 9:15 pm

Hi Sarah,

At 19 grams it's massive if it's from a normal japanese quail.

The Average weight is around 12-13g in my groups.

I expect your is going to be a double yolker.

Thats a good size ark for 8 birds.

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Post by sarros on Sat May 03, 2008 9:24 pm

I thought it might be a biggun' coz the shape is slightly bumped at the narrow end, like you get on double yolker chicken eggs. Aside from size, what are the differences between normal jap quail and the jumbo ones? Haven't weighed these ones but they seem minature - one could easily fit on the palm of my hand, with room to spare.

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Post by sarros on Sat May 03, 2008 9:27 pm

Hi Derek,

Forgot to ask - how many do you reckon would be happy in an arc that size then? Not that it seems to matter with the little ones, but its about half a meter high, but lower at the sides as its a toblerone shape.

Caught one of the "hens" having a little extra curricular activity with one of the others so I guess there's at least one male in the group. Having read other topics, we did spot a white "foamy" poo or something earlier. (unless its gay?!!)

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Post by Suz on Sat May 03, 2008 9:40 pm

Hi Sarah

Welcome to the forum Smile One of my jap's laid a 19g egg it turned out to be a double yolker, only had one so far -

http://coturnixcorneruk.forumotion.com/general-f3/what-a-whopper-t642.htm

If you need any help sexing your quail, just post some pictures and we'll do our best to help.

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Post by Ironsun on Sat May 03, 2008 9:52 pm

Hi Sarah,

Your ark is about 27ft², if the ark has a sleeping area you could keep upto 13 birds in there, each bird having 2ft² of floor space.

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Post by sarros on Sat May 03, 2008 11:27 pm

Thanks Derek, that's good to know. Yes, the dimensions I gave do include a sleeping area which I forgot to mention...sorry! Thanks for the info - perhaps down to the market for more? Paid 2.20 € each - is that average?

Thank you Suz, that's really kind. Will try to get photos tomorrow for you. As far as I can tell, two of the birds are goldy coloured (with stripes) and the rest are cream with black stripes. The male is one of the gold ones...

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Post by internet_nobody on Sun May 04, 2008 1:36 am

Thats dirt cheap - I saw some at a sale today for £8 each (which is a rip off), looks like you got a nice bargain!
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Post by sarros on Sun May 04, 2008 10:50 am

Really? Shocked I didn't realise they were that much! I can see why people hatch their own then!!

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Post by sarros on Thu May 08, 2008 7:19 pm

Hi Suz,

Finally got round to taking those photos. The first is obviously of the 19g egg next to chicken eggs. In one of the others, you can see the boy as he's golden in colour with brown behind the eyes. Hopefully he's the only one! Are they the Italian strain of Japanese quail?

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Post by internet_nobody on Thu May 08, 2008 8:53 pm

Yep Sarros, they're goldens/italians. Nice looking birds Smile
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