I'm getting coturnix - Update w/pics...

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chicksngoats, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

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    I found a local lady on CL that has Jumbo coturnix that are 3 days old for only $.75 each...so I'm thinking of picking up some. I have a friend's aquarium that I'm gong to use and have to go search for my heat lamp. Other than that, I think I'm all ready, just need to stop and get the game bird feed. I've read the quail article sticky...so is there any thing else that I should know before I go pick them up? Any advice on how to hide them from my hubby [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
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  2. laputa

    laputa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought it is impossible to hide anything between hubby and wife? [​IMG]
     
  3. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah...no way I can keep it a secret, but I am feeling a bit guilty between this splurge, the incubator I'm trying to get and the 2 dozen silkie eggs I'm waiting on [​IMG]

    I've become obsessed!
     
  4. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh I remember the main thing I was going to ask...how long do they need to be kept inside in the aquarium? and how long will I need to keep the heat lamp on them when they move outside? It's starting to get colder and wetter around here and I can't remember what I read about Coturnix hardiness.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Emilys3guppies

    Emilys3guppies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that Nikki (the guru) recommended that young birds not be left out for the winter until they've gone through a full molt and acclimated to the outdoors.

    Mine are 7 weeks old and I don't think they have enough fat on them to be outside during this Canadian winter...I have them in the garage where it is insulated and protected from the elements. But my 13 week old girls went through their fall molt and don't seem nearly as effected by the elements as the younger ones.

    I hope someone with more experience pops in for you.

    Edit to correct attrocious spelling.
     
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  6. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

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    oh no...I hope its not that long! Not sure my husband is going to be thrilled with keeping them in the garage all winter...right along side of the silkies I'm going to be hatching in a couple of weeks [​IMG]
     
  7. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

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    I imagine you will need to leave them in there for the winter. Sorry. He'll get used to it because it is too late now. [​IMG]
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I keep my babies in the house over the winter, but I believe monarc23 said that they can be moved outside after 6 or 7 weeks old? She lives in PA, and I don't think she'd even put a light on them. Of course that depends on the outside temps, you wouldn't want to move them when it's 20 degrees outside. [​IMG]
     
  9. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm in the Pacific NW, so it doesn't get super cold around here. Might hit freezing once & awhile, but rarely dips below that. Guess I'll just keep an eye on the temps and see. If anyone has experience putting them outside when they are younger (and you don't live in Florida or California [​IMG]) I'd love to hear your experience.

    Thanks!
    Christina
     
  10. chicksngoats

    chicksngoats Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh yeah...forgot to mention that our garage is detached and not insulated so really not going to be much help there. It will be the same temp inside as outside. Hmm, I hope I didn't make a big mistake!
     

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