artificial light for coturnix

Discussion in 'Quail' started by fitzy, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone here use artificial light for their quail? I recently (week ago) added two lights to each of my cages for a (very little) bit of warmth, but mostly to keep the eggs coming all winter long. This works very well with my chickens, but my quail got all confused for a day or two afterward. My browns are back to normal but the a&ms aren't sure if they're coming or going....2 1/2 doz one day and 1 doz the next.
     
  2. Ironsun

    Ironsun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    Yes, I use artificial lights in my breeding shed. It's so I can continue with the colours I'm working on, they recieive an 18 hour day light for maximim fertility and egg production.

    At the moment lights go on at 4am-7am then again at 7pm-10pm, with natural day light in between.
    Most hens lay eggs every day giving me enough fertile eggs to continue the breeding program I am on.

    For continous eggs throughout winter you must supply light they need a minimum of at least 14-15 hours per day.

    Ironsun
     
  3. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have several "day light" bulbs for my reptiles that I plan to also use with the coturnix in the winter. They will be on timers.
     
  4. ugly ducky

    ugly ducky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use lights on ours. Laying was slowing a bit last week, so we put the lights up, and we're already seeing an increase in eggs. Mainly, I had one pen in the darkest area that had really dropped off, but they have picked right up now, and had a pen of new breeders that started laying today. Don't know if the lights had anything to do with the new breeders, but at least they're laying now.
     

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