Gambel's Quail in the winter

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  1. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Do gambel's quail need heat in the winter for Massachusetts? I cannot find any information online. If not, what quail can I keep in MA without heat?
    Cheers
    Mark
     
  2. AZ Birds

    AZ Birds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gambels are native here in Arizona and most of the time i see them in the desert areas where winters only as low 40 degrees at peak of winter. although i have seen them in higher elevations where it gets colder then that, just not as many as in the desert. so if MA get colder then that i would think they would need a heat source to be comfortable. bob white quail might be better choose for colder temperatures.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    No, your Gambels won't need any heat, unless the temp drops below zero. They are desert dwellers where the temp commonly drops well below freezing. However they come from a very dry territory. So make sure they have adequate shelter where they can get completely out of all wind, rain and snow.
     
  4. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Thanks so much for the info. I cannot wait for spring!
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  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    LOL...Wow...you are already looking for spring?? Spring is a loooonnnngggg way off. LOL I don't blame you. I find snow truly disgusting, along with the cold and dreary days.
     
  6. usschicago1

    usschicago1 Suburban Cochins

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    Yes Me too :) I look forward to spring all year when I can hatch all of my chicks
     
  7. Peter Olinda

    Peter Olinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Winter is boring [​IMG]
     
  8. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine did fine here at the south end of the chesapeake bay last winter spring is only 2 months away here LOL
     
  9. Peter Olinda

    Peter Olinda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    love the Cats (LEAPFROG YEA!)
     
  10. drowe005

    drowe005 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mountain Quail! Mine do so good in the cold that they don't even covey up .
     
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