Coturnix temp. threshold

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Goodwin5, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    I hatched my first batch of coturnix quail 2 weeks ago. 37 birds out of 60 eggs. Their hutch is in my back garage. I have a pellet stove there. They are on 1/4" hardware cloth in 3 stacked 2x8 ft. pens. Each pen has a 2 ft. section of hay for them to keep warm. With that set-up how cold can it safely get?
     
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  2. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicks need extra heat for the first 3 weeks. 95 F for the first week and reduce by 5 degrees every week. If they are 2 weeks old you need to maintain 80-85 in your back garage.
     
  3. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    Geniash they are in a brooder right now and I have been decreasing the temp 5 degrees each week. I need to know what they can tolerate after their maturity at 6 weeks of age.
     
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    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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  5. geniash

    geniash Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heat supplementation may be needed during colder months if one is living in an area that is -45 F. Coturnix are cold hardy birds but do need supplemental heat if temp drops below certain point. They acclimate at temperatures to -25 F with shelter that blocks the wind.

    Hope this helps!
     
  6. Goodwin5

    Goodwin5 Just Hatched

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    Thank you so much. Like I said I have them in a back garage so drafts won't be an issue. I did install a pellet stove and I live in northern Maine so temperatures could reach -30 F. I was planning on trying to keep it above freezing as much as I can.
     

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