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Do I need a heat lamp for baby quails? please help me

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jm93030, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am making a brooders with a rubermaid container that measures
    33" long X 20" wide X 13" Tall

    I will put about 42 1 week old georgia giants

    I have a 250 watts heat lamp can I use it?
    or should I use something else?

    please help Iam totally new to brooding quails..

    Thank you
     
  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    you want the brooder temp to start out at 95 * the first week and gradually lower over the next few weeks till they are accustomed to regular temps. so whatever accomplishes that . I have a good sized Rubbermaid type container for my brooder and i use a 75watt bulb to start then lower it to a 60 watt then a 40 watt ...etc.
    don't know what others use.be sure to keep an eye on the temp and the chicks behavior though so you don't overheat them or chill them.
     
  3. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see you dont use heat lamp

    That is my concern

    I will try regular Bulb than

    Thanks
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Bobs Are Way More Cold Sensitive Than Coturnix,,, You Might Want To Start With 100watt Bulbs Instead Of 75 Watt.... I Dont Use Thermometers In Brooders- Thats What Chicks Are... Tiny Fuzzy Lil 2 Legged Thermometers. Just Observe Your Chicks And They Will Tell You If They're Too Hot Or Too Cold, Etc.
     
  5. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That 250 watt heat lamp is a bit much for that small of a brooder. I use a 250 watt red heat lamp in one of my brooders that's 30" x 60" x (22" tall), and I have it on one end.....as well as controlled by a thermostat. You don't have to do all of that, but understand that a "heat lamp" is designed to disperse heat in a "flood / beam" combination, and is meant to send it out intensively in a concentrated area. I would use the light bulbs as others are suggesting, or better yet, go over to Walmart and get a 125 watt (or lower but about that range) heat lamp, and put it on one end. Like JJ said, they will let you know how their coping with the temperature in their little infant ward. Be sure to put the water on the opposite end of the lamp, though.
     
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2011
  6. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK very good

    Tahnk you guys I will use 100 wts bulb and watch them
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    How Many Brooders Were You Planning To Use With These 42 Quail?
     
  8. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Im thinking of one only fo the next 2 weeks
     
  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Im thinking of one only fo the next 2 weeks

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    WANNA TRY AGAIN? [​IMG]


    SERIOUSLY THO, I RAISE BOBS ALL THE TIME, I USE TOTES MUCH LARGER THAN YOURS, I WOULDNT RECOMMEND OVER 20 BIRDS PER TOTE NOW, AND LESS IN A WEEK. SPACE IS KEY TO BOB WHITES. LACK OF IT PRODUCES VERY UNSAVORY RESULTS
     
  10. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    If You Do Try To Stick With This Plan I Would Advise Very Very Close Supervision, At Least That Way You Can Minimize Losses When The Great Quail War Starts (damage Control)
     

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