Lighting?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by yardbird tx, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My coturnix quail are about five weeks old now. I have my egg layers set up in cages. I have had the light on them all there lives. Do I keep the light on them until they lay? Or do they need a brake before then? And the light is on all the time right now.
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    If you are expecting them to lay at 6 weeks or so, keep on the lighting until then. they should get at least 14 hours of lighting for egg production.
     
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    yardbird tx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When they start laying do I need to give them some dark time, or leave the light on all the time?
     
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    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Lighting 24/7 Is Actually Detrimental... 14 Hrs A Day Is All They Need. 24/7 Will Add Stress And May Cause Delays In Laying Or Even Low Laying Rates As Well As Poor Overall Health And An Artificially Inflated Electric Bill [​IMG]
     
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    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Unless it's cold, I provide heat lamps........But lights on 14 hours and then off...it's on a timer.
     
  6. yardbird tx

    yardbird tx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok so in my case I should put a timer on the light to give them some dark time? And they freeked a little when I turned the light off tonight for a minute. So I guess they will get over that, right?
     

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