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Post by farlap on Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:24 pm

i hatched 15 eggs and have them in groups of approx 2 males and 3 females but at over 3 months, none have laid yet....any ideas please?

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Re: non laying

Post by Suz on Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:09 pm

Hi Farlap, Welcome to the forum ..... Welcome

What species of quail do yo have? As they mature at different ages. Japanese Quail usually by 8wks, CPQ around 14wks, Bobwhites 16wks+ and longer I think for Cali's & fancier quail.

Where are they housed & do they have 16 hours of light a day? And are they sexed correctly? (latter question will sound a bit daft but you'd be surprised how many females japs actually turn out to be male Smile)

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Post by gavins on Mon Jun 02, 2008 10:53 pm

2-3 is quiet high you may find the Hens getting bald rather quick, you need to give them 14hrs minimum daylight which if they are outside they get currently by nature.

Ensure lots of fresh water and a suitable diet and you should find Jap quails start laying around 8-11 weeks "usually the later in my experience"

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Post by Klaire on Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:56 pm

i struggled with one male, 2 females
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Post by farlap on Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:11 am

well they are currently in large cages (6 feet by 4 feet) in a stable that has light coming in on 3 sides. I can put them properly outside in arks (we have plenty) but dont want them stressed by the dogs. As for types...well trugh is they are a mixwed bunch of italians and japs Embarassed , and yes they are sexed correctly

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Post by Suz on Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:12 am

farlap wrote:...well trugh is they are a mixwed bunch of italians and japs Embarassed , and yes they are sexed correctly

Italians & Japs are the same species Coturnix japconia just different colour varieties so no problem mixing them. If sexed properly then the amount of light there getting is likely to be the issue. For japs I would increase the amount of females you have in each group 2:3 really isn't fair on the hens.

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