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Discussion in 'Quail' started by SEP Board, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. SEP Board

    SEP Board Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I'm estimating that my quail are now 6-7 weeks old based upon the information the seller told me (when I bought them they were suppose to be around 3-4 weeks old and I've now had them for three weeks). I'm currently getting 13 hours of natural light and from various sources I'm seeing that they need 14-16 hours to lay. So I've got a light bulb above the cages. Wasn't sure how much light they'd need so I currently have a 15W bulb and I'm running it for a couple of additional hours.

    Is 15W sufficient? I have it just a few inches above the top of the cages (two cages). Or do you think it needs to be brighter?

    Appreciate your advice [​IMG]
     
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My buttons seem to lay well with relatively weak light, so I think you'll be fine. But coturnix could be different or it could be that my birds are just strange ^^
     
  3. SEP Board

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    Thank you. I'll see how it goes and adjust if needed. It's all a learning curve :)
     
  4. jennifleur

    jennifleur Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read in the past that the extra light can be quite dim. Strong enough so they can see to walk around and find food/water. More of a twilight than an afternoon glare.
     
  5. SEP Board

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    Thank you. I'm thinking my current set up should be fine then. We'll see what happens in the next week or so :)
     

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