Baby Coturnix Keep Dying... Why?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Cherlyn, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Started with 16. Down to 11. Temp is 95 in the heat. They are all 1 day old. Getting medicated turkey feed, 28% protein. Have been doing some reading and read that amprolium is safe for quail. That is in their food.

    Any thoughts? Bacteria? Getting trampled? They like to dogpile on each other under the lamp, but the temp is 95 and that is where it should be for day-olds, right?

    ~Cherlyn
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    If they are dog piling they may be too cold... If they get droopy and pant they are to hot...

    are they eating and drinking?
     
  3. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Ravenously. [​IMG] And they have a constant supply of both food and water.

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  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    I dont know..its tough..I had buttons that did that also..just kept dropping like flies.. [​IMG]
     
  5. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

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    if they are piling under the lamp they are too cold regardless of what the temp under it is. The ones on top of the pile are warmer than the ones on the bottom that are getting suffocated [​IMG]

    Another thing I've noticed (at least with coturnix) is there are some that just fail to thrive and usually fall dead by day 3 or 4.

    At a day old though.. I can't get them to eat or drink so you are definately doing something right [​IMG]

    PS, I feed medicated startina. I know people say use non medicated but...... [​IMG]
     
  7. Ironsun

    Ironsun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    Where are you taking the temperature from? Where is the thermometer?

    I tend to start of at 100F, and drop it everyday, it always seems to hot, but they thrive on it.

    Ironsun.
     
  8. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thermometer is almost directly under the lamp, right by where they sleep. I raised the temp a bit, up to 100, and just found another dead one. [​IMG]

    ~Cherlyn
     
  9. oldchickenman

    oldchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use to have loss like that i quit feeding the medicated feed now i have very few losses last hatch none. i feed starter grower non medicated. they seem to grow out faster to. also i quit adding anything to there water just plane old tap water fresh daily.
     
  10. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
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    Quote:I agree... [​IMG]
    I never feed medicated feed.

    The only time I have had problems is when the eggs were sick or at least they had a disease that was able to pass into the eggs.

    I also let them self regulate on the temperature. Our temps drop at night. The light is close enough that they do not pile too bad even with the temp drop and they spread out during the day.

    Out of the 30 that hatched 3 days ago I still have 30....fun hatching out your own eggs.
     

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