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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 Chirping

    Oct 4, 2012
    Saratoga, CA
    I have 50 eggs in the incubator.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    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.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2012

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