Have 16 quailettes in the brooder so far and have just thought of a problem I havnt even considered yet. What about the heat? I plan to keep them inside for a couple of weeks and then move them outside. If it was cold I could just put a heat lamp in their outside pen for them - like I use to do for my chicks in Ireland - but now that we are way down south in the land of sunshine cold is the last of my worries! Is moving them from the air conditioned inside (they have a heat lamp but just cluster at the edges instead of under it) to the heat index of 101 yesterday and only getting hotter outside going to be a problem for them? I made their pen in the shade of a palm tree at the base of a retaining wall so it has two solid sides and two sides of wire and for extra shade I put plastic roofing on a third of the top and covered it with 4 inches of sand so its a bit underground looking in that side. I cant think of any other way to cool it down in there. What age do those of you dealing with southern heat put your littlies outside? As soon as they cant fit through the wire or when they are fully feathered up?