Moving Coturnix Quail outdoors in winter, rabbit hutch question

Discussion in 'Quail' started by HamsterGirl, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. HamsterGirl

    HamsterGirl New Egg

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    Hey there,

    I have some chicks that are still under a heat lamp but the plan is to ultimately set them up outside. I live in California and right now my area goes down to the 40s at night and the 60s during the day.

    The plan is to have them in a rabbit hutch, one corner is totally enclosed asides from the entrance to it. I was going to fill that with some hay and set up some areas off the wire floor. The hutch would be on a covered patio without much wind.

    Would it be safe to put them out there with some heat source when they're a couple months old? Or better to wait?

    Side note, has anyone had any luck with Coturnix Quails using a ramp to go up and down a double layer rabbit hutch?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Manor Hatchery

    Manor Hatchery Just Hatched

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    A Coturnix thats 2 months old is an adult so I would assume they would be safe in that temperature degree especially with a heat lamp to help out.
     
  3. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are coturnix quail? Mine appreciate a ramp and my pet group just jumps onto a shelf and I put hay underneath of it and they make a nest and lay some eggs in there :p

    I would be concerned about them "acclimating" meaning sure they will have their adult feathers in several weeks but I believe they also require time to acclimate in weather getting colder to grow extra feathers to make their plumage more dense.

    Do not trust them to take shelter from rain/wind - they're derpy little birds and won't coop like a chicken :p
     

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