what age to put outside....

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Country Living Farm, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    ok. I have Texas AM and Jumbo. What age can they go out side. I am new to quail so I am not sure. The AM's are about 3 weeks old or so. they are in the house with no light. I put my chicks outside at two -3 weeks with no problem, but these are my beginning stock and do not want to take a chance. How cold hardy are they. It is in the 50's at night 70's in the days.

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  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    My guess would be about 6 weeks old. Will they have a heat lamp?
     
  3. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Florida
    No heat lamp.. I was told 6 weeks but they lay at 6 weeks so i thought they could out sooner. Please tell me not so....They eat like crazy and the other end stinks.........I thought they were cold hardy.
     
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    Well being in FL it doesn't get all that cold at night there right? I'm in WI so it's a lot different here so hopefully someone who lives in the southern states will chime in and give you better info. Although THIS year I hear you have had crazy cool weather too, IMO I would wait a little longer then 3 weeks but that's just my opinion.
    If you have a bunch of them they can probably huddle to stay warm too so they will most likely be ok. What sort of coop are they in? Can they get in somewhere and stay warm? How many do you have together?

    Southern PPL?? What do you think??
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:They're 3 wks old now.... Move them outside now and add a heat lamp for the 1st week at night only and observe them closely. They should do fine. I do this regularly with COTURNIX and they do well. (DO not try this with bobs!) Our current weather is not a problem for coturnix at this time.... I did not do this during the brutal cold we had 2 wks ago, but since the present warm up have returned to this practice without difficulties. i have been hatching batches anywhere from 40+ to 150+ each week all winter without difficulties in this area. If you leave the light in their grow out pen and change to a regular incandescent bulb at 6 wks of age they will start to produce eggs shortly thereafter...


    A few caveats= do not allow them to get wet/ rained on at this age--- they will get hypothermic and die( even in late spring early summer when we're up in the 90's...)

    Cold hardy is a subjective thing! they live in Florida with you! They will grow up to think that 30 is brutal cold just as you and I do.... While coturnix born and rased in new york would think 85 is "SO hot it's the end of days!" If you understand my meaning?
     
  6. Overeasyplz

    Overeasyplz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    Leesburg
    har mine will hate the summer, it is like the arctic here lol
    Anxiously awaiting the quails appearance.. it's day 16...
     

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