Rod has about 20 quail in a large area with roosting boxes, light, heat, etc. The ratio of males to femaies seems right. He had about 15-20 eggs a day. He removed some males and the egg laying stopped. He introduced some more males and still no eggs. Any ideas as to what may have caused the stoppage. He's feeding them the same feed, making sure they have water, greens, etc. No changes in that area. They were laying through the summer, when it got cold, then hot, then they stopped. Now that it's cooler, they still haven't started laying.?????
The best I can tell you is, wait. We had a flock of 30 to 40 chickens that stopped laying one day. Month by month went by and each month I said they will start laying any day now. I tried a lot of folk remedies, diet changes, supplements, etc. and nothing worked. Finally, about 5 months later I had enough. We invited friends over and slaughtered and processed the entire flock. After talking to some other people, I heard a few stories of their chickens that stopped laying for 6 months and finally started up again. So now I am still waiting on my new flock to mature and start laying which is probably doubled the time than if I had more patience. Lol. On the bright side, the chicken bbq was awesome.
Too bad about the first flock. I think I would have save half or some just to see. Fortunately ours have started laying again. He brought in some new males that revved up the existing males and all the ladies were obviously excited and started laying again in phenomenal numbers. He's back in the eggs and is now looking for new customers. Anyone want quail eggs????Let me know via this link and I'll hook you up.
I have not raised quail but I would make an assumption that like Chickens they go through a time period of molt/no laying, just to take 'time off' and rest their bodies.
A quick look around on the internet, does indicate that Quail hens like chicken hens will stop laying for molt or cold. Like chickens it may depend on how old they are when they go into molt time.
Thank you Catherine for responding. They are laying again and for whatever reason they stopped laying will remain a mystery. We shall see if it happens again next year as it didn't happen last year. They are a mixture of 10 months old up to 1 1/2 years old. Correct ratio of males to females, enough space per bird, organic feed and greens. All the right ingredients of warmth, nesting materials, water ,etc.so maybe resting or ?????
Kathy, the only thing I can think to add is I know with chickens 1) increasing the amount of light they have per day by having a lamp turn on about 3:30 ish a.m. and having it go off mid-morning (this allows for a natural nighttime) gives them about 14 hours a day in the winter and increases egg production. 2) Chicken hens will go into a molt at the most in-opportune time - when it gets cold in late Oct or early Nov and then they are in mold for 14 weeks!.
Again I don't know how well that relates to quail hens, just an FYI - glad your girls are laying again.
we have not bred quail as selectively and as intensively as we have bred chickens.
most birds (that are not chickens) will be physically exhausted at some point, or start feeling 'broody'. The white leghorn and the australorp seem to be two of the few freak-hybrids, if not the only two across the avian board-- capable of laying an egg almost every day for at least a year without getting tired or broody. Usually 300 or more, which means it lays an egg for every sunny day you have in phoenix, PLUS an extra egg on one of your cloudy days, since on average, you get 299 sunny days per year :)
and speaking of sunny/ cloudy days, as Catherine mentioned: if you are raising them under natural light, the shortening of daylight hours usually dampens their egg-laying tendencies. Partly because shortened daylight hours limit their foraging and feeding times..
stress may also slow them down, say, if there's a new cat/coyote in the neighborhood which may have been amused hanging around them for a while..
Thank you Raphael. Light is probably one factor and new dogs in the house another. They are happy again and laying up to 25 eggs a day.
25 speckled and delightfully creamy eggs a day! Good for you :)
Add a light. The closer to 14 hours of light they get, the more likely they are to lay every day. Also, quail stop laying when temps fall bellow 65 degrees. Do they have a heat source and light?
They have all of that and more. They are very well taken care of and all things considered. They have a light in their pen and heat lamps in their nesting area. Regardless of what was happeniing they are laying again. The previous posts explain it all. Thanks for your suggestions.