Sad Quail Day :(

Discussion in 'Quail' started by mochicken, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    We had the coldest night we have had this year last night, we got below zero wind chills. I had some 6 week old coturnix that have been outside since 4 weeks old, they have a 250 watt heat light above them but they are in a 1/2" wire cage so it is drafty around it. They are in a 6x8 metal shed and the cages are hanging on the side walls inside, with the heat light on it usually stays warm enough in there that the water bottles on the 6 different cages with various aged quail didnt even freeze but last night was too much. My older birds are ok but I found 2 of my 6 week old quail dead this afternoon, I didnt check on them before leaving for work this morning but I am assuming they died overnight with the -10 wind chills.

    Since my older birds are far away from the heat light and they are fine I am guessing the young ones are just not big enough to get to temps that low. I made sure I have been giving them plenty of feed, bird food mixed in, and even ground corn for body heat but obviously that doesnt fix every issue.

    I was a little upset about it but I shook it off, I came inside to check on my 3 to 5 week old quail and I found one of them dead in the dang water bowl, sad day at my house but I will recover ( by hatching out 100 quail to replace them lol )

    Hope you all are doing well if the temps are low where you are too, make sure your babies have plenty of food to keep their bellies warm and enough water that is not frozen.
     
  2. Tikkajazz94

    Tikkajazz94 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, so sorry to hear this [​IMG]

    My quail are doing good with the temps at night
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

    32,117
    5,059
    601
    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Yeah, that is a little cold for young quail. Adult quail's bodies adapt as they grow to temp extremes. However you mentioned they are in a metal cage on wire. In the winter it is advisable in cold climates to offer quail on wire, a place to get off the cold metal so their feet don't get cold. Quail lose heat from their bodies thru their feet. So maybe you could add a low box or pan with hay in it, to snuggle into, so when it gets really cold, the cold air does not pull up thru the floor, freeze the wire and chill the birds.

    I am so sorry about your babies. Hugs to you...[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012
  4. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,235
    14
    161
    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Sorry to hear about your losses...sounds like you're getting ready for a huge rebound though with 100 for the hatch! Good luck!
     
  5. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Yeah I have been putting tall dead grass in there, kinda thinner "hay" I guess but they do snuggle up in it, not sure why they decide to stand on the 4" of unprotected floor but they seem to do it
     
  6. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    sorry, to hear that, i hate checking on chicks and seeing one dead. it will all get better soon. i'd make it so that shed closes completely, or just put tarp over the cages.
     
  7. Eyeheartquail

    Eyeheartquail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2011
    [​IMG] Friday the 13th strikes again. Sorry you had to lose some birdies.
     
  8. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

    600
    0
    109
    Aug 6, 2011
    New Mexico
    Sorry you went through that! Tough news to post, but thanks. This will probably help someone avoid the same thing by learning from this. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by