I have a small coop for my quail, with a tray as the floor. Autumn is coming with colder days and nights, and the flock started molting a couple of weeks ago and stopped laying. So I have recently insulated the coop and installed light with a timer to compensate for shorter daylight and an infrared heating lamp with a temp sensor so it only turns on when the temperature drops below 15C/59F at night and 20C/68F in day. 2 eggs appeared 2 days ago and one yesterday, so it seems it made them more comfy.
I am thinking of replacing wooden chips bedding, with sand. I thought it could be easier to clean and safer (inflammable) and allow them to sand bathe anytime.
Do you think it's a good idea?
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Personally, If you want more eggs, use the light but if they are japaneese (Coturnix) or Bobwhites they should do fine in the cooler weather.
When it comes to bedding, I use sand and it works great! You just clean it out using a kitty litter scoop and every couple of months, you change the sand. That is a great idea!
It seems like your quail are living like royalty!