In the Brooder
- Sep 13, 2018
Quail make wonderful pets and my coturnix quail laid nice little eggs for me. I have had good luck with quail chicks in a covered aquarium with an ordinary clamp light set on top, a 40 watt bulb. Place the lamp at one end so there is good ventilation at the other side, and keep the water at the cool end. Wee hatchling chicks need to be at about 104°f (40°c), lowering the heat about 5° each week. This is easily done by raising the lamp a bit higher. They should be moving freely around the cage, not huddled. Marbles or pebbles in the water at first. Any gamebird starter will do, your feed store should be able to sell you a partial bag when you get your chicks. Bits of fresh grass for a treat, cut to short lengths. Wheatgrass will do if you have no garden grass. This is a link to a video so you can see my simple brooder setup. They don't need much space at first. Please try again and don't be discouraged.