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Egg laying and light bulb W

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Well I'm estimating that my quail are now 6-7 weeks old based upon the information the seller told me (when I bought them they were suppose to be around 3-4 weeks old and I've now had them for three weeks).  I'm currently getting 13 hours of natural light and from various sources I'm seeing that they need 14-16 hours to lay.  So I've got a light bulb above the cages.  Wasn't sure how much light they'd need so I currently have a 15W bulb and I'm running it for a couple of additional hours.  

 

Is 15W sufficient?  I have it just a few inches above the top of the cages (two cages).  Or do you think it needs to be brighter?  

 

Appreciate your advice :)

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My buttons seem to lay well with relatively weak light, so I think you'll be fine. But coturnix could be different or it could be that my birds are just strange ^^

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Thank you.  I'll see how it goes and adjust if needed.  It's all a learning curve :)

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I've read in the past that the extra light can be quite dim. Strong enough so they can see to walk around and find food/water. More of a twilight than an afternoon glare.

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Originally Posted by jennifleur View Post
 

I've read in the past that the extra light can be quite dim. Strong enough so they can see to walk around and find food/water. More of a twilight than an afternoon glare.

 

 

Thank you.  I'm thinking my current set up should be fine then.  We'll see what happens in the next week or so :)

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