How can I encourage my quail to lay ?

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How can I encourage my quail to lay ?

Post by Patricia on Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:09 pm

I bought 6 female quail to join the 2 male quail I hatched a couple of months ago. When I bougt the females I was assured they were old enough to lay and were likely laying already. They definitely look mature. We go them about 10days ago but no sign of any eggs yet.
I'm feeding them on layers pellets, plenty of water and a little pot of grit available.
I'm keeping them in a hutch with plants and pots to hide in, they have plenty of space.
Is there anything else I should be doing it encourage them to lay ?
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Post by Patricia on Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:12 pm

Oh I forgot to say the hutch is one of those with a large mesh area at the bottoom and hutch up a ramp, kept in the garden so plenty of natural dayight right now.

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Post by internet_nobody on Thu Jul 31, 2008 11:36 pm

First question, are you sure they're female? We've seen lots of people be sold "hens" who aren't.
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Post by Patricia on Fri Aug 01, 2008 1:18 am

Good point however I am convinced they are female.
I bought them from a reputable dealer that was recommended on this forum. Also they don't act in the same way as my 2 males - who display aggression towards each other but not the newcomers..

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Post by Harrie on Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:11 am

If they are definitely female then it might take them a few weeks to settle in.
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Post by internet_nobody on Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:45 am

Oh I mis-read that as you bought them a couple of months ago, not 10 days! Serves me right for speed reeding.
Like Harrie says they probably just need some time to settle in, i've only bought two adult hens and one took 3 weeks to start laying, no need to worry yet.
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Post by Patricia on Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:17 pm

Obviously I needed to ask the ques earlier ! first egg laid today Very Happy

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