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Discussion in 'Quail' started by lagpmgdsls, Oct 15, 2009.
What temp. do you all start covering your coturnix quail to protect them from the elements?
90--- Otherwise They Just Sit There And Pant And Wont Lay Eggs....
Guess I wasn't clear enough....LOL
How cold does it need to be before one starts covering their quail?
Quote:although I can't answer the OP's question about cold (doesn't really get cold where I live) my quail lay all summer and we get 115 degree days- I just make sure they have shade and lots of water and they still lay every day They do pant a lot tho!
I started putting the widows back in the big coop at 60 degrees & put plastic on front of open cages. Rainy weather high winds where what got me started don't want wet quail at below 60 degrees. temps here can plunge quick seen 90 degree temp change in 24 hours that included windchill.
I have a 10'X10' Flight Pen with a 4'X8' Open end enclosure they can get into and where feed is kept. I've seen the silly Quail sitting out in the rain while there is a half full enclosure they could get into.
Am I going to have to close the front of this in and herd them inside come Winter especially at night or if their calling for Snow?
I have some in a rabbit hutch type structure, I have some insulation on the North side but the bottom and South side of the structure is still open to the elements, we had some snow yesterday/last night. I will be selling off most of my quail this coming w/e.
Those of you with your quail in all wire cages, do you offer them a box with hay or straw in it? This will be the first winter with mine and they all prefer to stay in the sand box I have. I was wondering if they would use the box with hay/straw.
I've got a box of straw for my bobwhites. I see they love to cuddle up in it at night, also keep a box of dirt in the pen for them to take dust baths.
I've tried the boxes with mine, mostly they just sat on top of it Mine are in a building, so I don't cover them. But they are in all-wire cages, and the building has only 3 sides. However, the room where the quail are is to the side of the main opening, so in a sense, they are in a 'closed' building.
I'll be moving them into a completely enclosed building soon, my breeder coop is almost done. Everything that stays (besides the ducks, geese, and guineas) is going in this building. Then I can better control the heat and light, rather than them being scattered all over the place.