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Author Topic: How long to start laying?  (Read 3156 times)
« on: October 26, 2004, 12:50:55 AM »

My quails lived outside until I bought them yesterday...We live in new england and with autumn, the light is getting less and less outside.

Now my quails are indoors with good light; we have starter game bird crumble, a bird "nestling" treat food, and oyster shell powder.

Since my birds are beginning a good laying schedule with 16+ hours of light per day, when can we expect to see our first egg?

Also, do females lay eggs even without males present?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2004, 12:14:36 PM »

what kind of quail do you have? bobwhites dont lay till about 6 months old.
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2004, 03:43:14 PM »

I have two Japanese Quails between 4 and 8 months old. I'm not positive on the gender of either, but I told the seller I wanted a male & a female.
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2004, 07:47:40 PM »

The female will lay with or without a male.  Without a male, the eggs will be infertile and unhatchable.

Japanese quail are at their prime at 4 months, beyond their prime at 8 months.  A change of scenery can easily set them off laying for a week or two.
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