artificial light for coturnix

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

  1. fitzy

    fitzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2009
    manhattan, ks
    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

    Jun 17, 2009

    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.

  3. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 1, 2009
    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

    Sep 26, 2008
    S.E. MO
    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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