Can you talk to me? I'm talking about Coturnix quail that are kept completely outside in a pen, cage or enclosure that is not inside any type of additional non-quail structure, such as a garage, shed or barn. (Of course their pen can be fitted with a "quail house," or something like that.) But I have no type of outbuilding into which they could go, and so I need to create a space for them outside. I live in an area that freezes in the winter. I'm not so worried about egg production in winter, mostly just survival.
I'm specifically interested in:
-What climate do you live in--especially how cold does it get in the winter?
-What type of enclosure/cage system do you have? (Pics are a bonus!)
-Is there a daily routine required in winter? (Such as covering and uncovering with a tarp at night.)
-Do you provide any type of additional heat for the quail in winter? If so, what kind? (And do you try to combine heating and light for egg production?)
-At what age do you put the quail outside? Do they have to be full-grown adults? Can you describe that process going from the brooder to an outdoor enclosure?
-How many quail do you have--is there a "critical mass" where they can provide their own heat by huddling?
-How many winters have you kept the setup you have, and did you learn anything from previous mistakes?