My nearly 3-wk old coturnix need to go out to the shop

Discussion in 'Quail' started by QChickieMama, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. QChickieMama

    QChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2011
    Please tell me they'll survive the chilly weather! It's been 28 at night here this week, but usually it's in the 30s at night, 50s-60s in the day. We'll have them in an out-building, fully enclosed, with 2 lights for them, but it'll be 64ish in there.

    They have their feathers, and they're getting big. The brooders we have them in just aren't adequate now. Last night, I found 3 birds wandering in my living room at 1am. Ha! Can't do that again. THey fly up, bonk their heads on the lid of the brooder, and knock it loose so they can escape. Not a good set up.

    So, what to do? At 3 weeks, can they be OK living in the shop?
  2. You CAN brood outside as long as it is draft free. Don't coddle them to much. As long as their is no draft and a heat source they do just fine. I have put my brooder outside on the porch from day one. I live in a warm climate. You need to protect them from drafts mostly.
  3. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    I put mine out in my shed at 3 1/2 weeks but we are getting down in the teens or less at night so I put a heat light on them.
  4. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    What's the temp. in the shop?

    I would assume they will be ok there, but 3 week old coturnix are no match for 28 deg. F temps.
  5. QChickieMama

    QChickieMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2011
    Quote:We put 2 lights and the thermometer in the cage in the shop, and it registered around 64. Not that warm but certainly no drafts. And, there are 31 of them, so they can huddle for warmth.

    Should I put them out tonight????
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    You should be fine.

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