How old do Bobwhites need to be to come out of the brooder?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by frigginchi, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. frigginchi

    frigginchi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 50 eggs in the incubator.
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

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    After hatching, Bobwhites are started at 97 degrees. A red or infra-red lamp is preferred to keep them calm and allow for natural sleep at night. Lower the temp by 5 degrees each week until they reach 6 weeks old. Make SURE to allow them plenty space while brooding. As this many Bobs grow, you are going to need about 1 square foot per bird in the brooder. Even babies can be very cannibalistic. If you are noticing a lot of picking and fighting, lower the temp a few degrees to calm them down. Over heated Bobs get aggressive. When they are old enough to go into grow out pens, give them about 3 or 4 square foot per bird.
     
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