Too cold for quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Athaid, May 1, 2016.

What should I do?

Poll closed Jul 1, 2016.
  1. Keep the quail indoors during bad weather, and during the winter months.

    2 vote(s)
  2. Leave the quail outdoors all year round.

    1 vote(s)
  3. Other.

    0 vote(s)
  1. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've started a couple of different threads on quail now, and I've managed to gather together some very useful info, so thanks to everyone for helping :) But I still have more questions lol

    I just googled the area I am moving to in August, and it is currently 12°C, humidity is 95% and the wind speed is 18mph (the time is currently 20:06)... And this is in May.. In the winter it can drop as low -12°C during the night, and the wind and rain can get really, really bad.

    If my Japanese coturnix quail are outside in their run, will they be okay? We're going to build a coop about an inch off the ground, tucked in the corner between two 7ft stone walls (part of an old ruin), insulate it and make sure it's anchored to the ground. I know quail can survive sub zero temperatures, but can they survive -12°C? I could always tie a tarp over the mesh when it rains, but the wind might rip it off. There is a large barn/shed thing next to the ruin, which we're converting to a workshop, so I could put them in there during winter, or during storms/very bad weather.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2015
    I believe I've read they handle -20 C without any issues.. Main problem would be to keep their water thawed.
  3. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh wow, that's amazing :eek: The water won't be a problem, We're going to keep it insulated and if the temps do drop that low I'll check it a couple times a day.
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    They should be fine if you provide a wind barrier so no drafts can get to them in the cold months.Have plenty of straw so they can build hiding places.
    In N.H.,Tony.
    Last edited: May 1, 2016
  5. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks :]

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