how many days in the brooder?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by calihawker, May 15, 2011.

  1. calihawker

    calihawker Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! Well my first hatch of coturnix chicks went well. I got a 74% hatch rate which I thought was ok for my first time and having eggs shipped across the country.
    I wanted to ask how long I need to keep them in the brooder. I have read 4 weeks but I have 70 chicks in a 24x48 brooder and to me they already look crowded. They are not quite 2 weeks old.

    Thanks for your reply!

    Oh, and here's some pics. I know everyone likes pics [​IMG]

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  2. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you going to move them outdoors? If so what is the weather like?
     
  3. calihawker

    calihawker Out Of The Brooder

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    They'll be out but in a shed. We have some wacky weather right now in California. Snow, like for real, [​IMG] but next week will be in the 80's
     
  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    I would keep them in the brooder for 4 weeks at least, then move them to a grow out pen with an accessible heat lamp.
     
  5. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If'n that little fuzz-ball in the bottom pic turns out to be a male, you gotta name him Jonah.........cause I can see "gobble up" in ol' whale-wannabe's eyes! [​IMG]
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If you are able to close off their outside (shed) pen and add a heat light they would be fine going outside. They don't have to stay inside in a tote for very long. Just be sure they are free from drafts and you have a warm area for them to go to.

    ETA: You can cover their pen in your shed with a tarp or some wood then put a heat light in one end of it.
     
    Last edited: May 15, 2011
  7. calihawker

    calihawker Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:No, not Polar Bear, he loves his babies![​IMG]

    Thanks for the replies!
     

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