- Aug 19, 2014
I live in a cold/snowy winter state. Can I keep my quail outdoors in an unheated garage in winter? Or must I find some way to move them indoors?
You'll trigger odd molting if you run a light for odd hours like that. Instead of a light use a ceramic heater that screws into the light socket.I've done a lot of research on this, as I'm starting up and I live in Wisconsin (-40 might be a stretch but -20 F is normal at night where I'm at in Jan/Feb). I've seen a lot of people saying that they are hardy through the winter, but the only actual numbers I've seen listed were >0F. I've seen a lot of people say "It gets in the single digits" or "It gets close to zero" and they are fine, but nobody really confirming below-zero temperatures. My guess is that most people in the colder areas haven't bothered to put their birds in that situation and just keep them in warmer places.
The ones I just got are outside now in a cage I intended to wind-proof in the winter. The cage has a small "coop" attached that's like 1'x2' and 20 inches high that I'll probably put a 60 or 100 watt incandescent bulb in and have that turn on at 1am and turn off at sunrise to facilitate laying and warm things up during the coldest parts of the night. I'll be crossing my fingers.
I don't know about Kherome, but for eggs we need to extend daylight. Is having light on at night better than morning?