Can they go out?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by LadyNai, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. LadyNai

    LadyNai Out Of The Brooder

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    So I have a half dozen Coturnix - 1 boy confirmed (the white one is CROWING) and one suspected (markings look right) so about four girls.

    They were the result of a late hatch and are still hanging around in our kitchen and starting to drive me bats. Not to mention taxing our abilities to find adequate space.

    It's December in Southern Indiana - I am wanting to move them outside - but it is supposed to be uber uber cold for a bit.

    How can I manage to transition them to outdoors? And how long before they can go out (they are about five weeks)

    Nai
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    I would put them out in a week or two. Keep a heat lamp on them for a few weeks. Gradually lower the wattage of the lamp until they seem fine in the cold.
     
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm Guessing At 5 Wks They Are Longer Getting Supplimental Heat While Indoors?

    I Would Move Them Outside To A Very Sheltered Pen And Give Them Additional Heat Outdoors...24/7 At 1st Then Gradually Wean Them Down To Heat Just At Night When The Temps Are Lowest, Slowly Remove The Heat And Allow Them To Acclimate. This Whole Operation Warrants Close Observation At This Age With Your Current Climate. Also Your About The Time When You're Boys Are Going To Start Acting Like Boys... And For 6 Birds You Are Boy Heavy. Watch For Roo Fights And Hen Damage... Good Luck On Your Venture [​IMG]
     
  4. LadyNai

    LadyNai Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah but when you get just six chicks at 3 days old...

    Kinda don't have a choice as to WHAT you get.

    I'll have to get it started soon, it's getting annoying, though I'm getting used to that quail crow. LOL
     
  5. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    Isn't it strange how you get used to the crow. Even my DH misses the one I had in the house while he healed from Roo's fighting over the females. I may try a few house birds yet.
     

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