What is the best quail chick brooder?

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  1. SpringChicken2

    SpringChicken2 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering what would be the best brooder for baby Quail, and if I should use a red heat lamp?
     
  2. feedman77

    feedman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use a big black rubbermaid tub and a red heat lamp.

    it 60 gallon I think. start with paper towels for them. then go to pine shavings.
     
  3. SpringChicken2

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    Thank you so much for your help!
     
  4. Binki

    Binki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a red lamp to keep them calmer and to reduce pecking :) I like using the ones you can dim with a dial so you don't have to lift or lower it to change temperature in the brooder.

    I start mine out in an aquarium that's blacked out on three sides to keep them feeling safe. I use paper towel and change it once a day.

    After they outgrow the aquarium in a few days I introduce them to half of my big brooder and then expand it to full size with shavings on top of newspaper after about a week.

    The aquarium is like ten bucks second hand and the brooder is a simple DIY out of plywood with ummm that plastic flooring so I can disinfect the bottom when I clean it.

    I added a shelf to the brooder and use bird netting on top to keep them safe when they try flying :p

    There are doors that open on the side and I plan on cutting out a square and drilling on plexiglass so they can see out the side and I can see in.

    I do hatches of 15-30 chicks usually. Here's the brooder in storage with a partition for a prior problem introduction,

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    I use it as a temp cage to hold my quail while I clean their floor on my modified rabbit hutch.

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    Unfortunately this was the only pic I could find of it in action lol. You get the idea xD
     
  5. SpringChicken2

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    Haha your dog is adorable! Thanks for the advice, I will definitely do use the aquarium idea!
     

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