hatching -lights on or off?!

Discussion in 'Quail' started by yallapilko, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Was wondering if at night when your chicks are in process of hatching, with some of them not quite there yet, and others hatched, do you leave the lights on or off! Does it help with hatching or hinder the young chicks by not letting them rest? Any ideas? What's your preference? Does it matter at all?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    If it were at night under a broody, it would be dark. If under a broody hen, even during the day it would be pretty dark.
    When in doubt, I follow nature's lead.
     
  3. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I see what you mean! So, off with the lights tonight then! Am still interested in hearing what others think too.
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I thought I'd add that once they're in the brooder, lights 24/7 for the first 3 days (well I guess that would be 24/3 wouldn't it) should be on so whenever they get the urge to eat or drink, they can. After that, an 8 hour night for a while helps.
    To accomplish that, I use ceramic heat emitters rather than infrared heat lamps.
     
  5. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great info. Thank you so much!
     
  6. vtspilotcar

    vtspilotcar Out Of The Brooder

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    I actually like to leave the light on for them, they scream much less I find. I think they like to see each other if they cant they get upset, nothing to cuddle with. You'll notice they will cuddle in the incubator together.
     
  7. Sill

    Sill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also leave the lights on in the hatcher. They can interact with each other and seem more content.
     
  8. yallapilko

    yallapilko Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So mixed ideas then. Last night I switched the lights off. They seemed OK. I gradually dimmed them, so as not to upset them!
     
  9. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lights off in the incubator always with gamebirds. Even though coturnix aren't the most aggressive and don't often cannibalize there is still plenty of possibility of it happening. When it happens in the incubator you're either going to lose a chick or lose the pipped eggs when you open the door to deal with it.

    UC Davis research suggests the best results came from lighting chicks 24 hours a day for the first 7 days. THen switching to a 8 hours light 16 hours dark schedule from day 8-40. From day 40 on return to a 16 hour schedule.

    Birds raised for meat ONLY can be kept on an 8 hour light period for their entire lives (You can also feed them 30% starter the entire time). This suppresses sexual maturity so that the birds aren't wasting their energy fighting or mating. Keep in mind this will grow birds the fastest but is only for meat birds since it can damage fertility.
     

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