Cotrnix In Winter

Discussion in 'Quail' started by froggyforlife, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. froggyforlife

    froggyforlife New Egg

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    We live in central Texas and typically have mild winters with our nighttime lows in the 30's-40's and daytime usually in the 40's-60's. We have occasional ice storms and snow maybe once or twice a winter. My quail are in an run outside and have a nesting box that will keep the wind/rain etc out. But, what I really want to know is should I bring them inside our provide them with a heat lamp of some sort.
     
  2. htownfarmer

    htownfarmer Out Of The Brooder

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    from what i have read on this forum is that if you keep them out of a draft they will be ok.
    maybe plan on getting some tarps to make wind breaks.
    one can put drop lights near the waterers to keep ice at bay.
    plus the extra light might give you more eggs.

    i am new to this hobby.
    get eggs this week.
    tim
     
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  3. buttonquailtx

    buttonquailtx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good advice! I also like to add a thick layer of hay to the enclosed area to aid in keeping them warm. Fluff the hay every day to keep it from getting trampled down.
     
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  4. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm fixing to build me a coop too was wondering the same questions . In a little further south of you and was wondering if I should start now or wait till spring ?
     
  5. Quailsong

    Quailsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Canada & am expecting -30C/-22F weather here. Mine are in a coop shared with my chickens, but separate pens. I figure the coop will get down to -20C/-13F at its coldest inside.

    The key is to keep ventilation up without drafts & no dampness. Damp is what can kill.

    I will also be keeping mine on deep litter as it will act as an extra insulator for their floor. I couldn't imagine having wire mesh at their feet where a cold draft could come up from below. Ugh.

    But as for being in Texas? Remove the draft & damp & you won't likely have any issues. Quail can take negative weather no prob. They've got feather jackets after all.
     
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  6. Strummer

    Strummer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That what I wanted to hear . My birds will be outside so dl might not work for me . I don't want the rain getting in the litter .
     
  7. Quailsong

    Quailsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you think rain might get in the litter, then I'd also think about your quail. Birds do not like to be soaking wet, unless they're bathing. Damp + drafts will kill quail, probably easier than chickens. If you can keep your quail out of rain, at least in one area of their pen/aviary, you can have deep litter there. :)
     
  8. rivergypsy

    rivergypsy Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for all your suggestions. I too am preparing my hutches and Aggie Quail for Central Texas winter. I already have heavy duty plastic and will buy a few tarps next trip to College Station/Bryan.
     

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