What temp to trick Bobs into breeding out of season?

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  1. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    I know that they need at least 14-16 daylight ours in order to be tricked, but I can't remember the temperature they need.

    The hens don't run when the Roo tries to mount them, but they don't just stand still either, so I know they just aren't ready. Also I am getting no eggs from them with the ammount of light I have. i have it up to 15 daylight hours in the bird room and it is about 65 in there on average. They are being fed a 23% protein ration.

    I was also wondering if breeding in pairs is an acceptable practice since I currently have two pairs.
     
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, yes, yes. All seems good. Will take at least two weeks to get into the swing of things. Just remember, they arnt coturnix. You are doing all you can, its up to the birds.


    And if it was me id try to get higher protien food, 23% is fine 30% is ideal
     
  3. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Even with lighting, the fertility of bobwhites does go down off season.
     
  4. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 yea, forgot to mention that part lol
     
  5. TwoCrows

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

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    It is hard to get Bobs to kick into breeding mode in the off season. Lighting will cause them to lay and they will mate on and off. But they never do get into the groove. Sometimes I have had to use heat lamps at night on my Bobs to keep them warm when the temps stay below zero for long periods. The girls will all lay eggs fairly well, but the boys just don't "do their thing" very regularly. So yes, the fertility drops way down.
     
  6. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] You need a "mood" lamp instead of a heat lamp [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. TwoCrows

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

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    Quote:[​IMG] You need a "mood" lamp instead of a heat lamp [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Yeah....we are all right out of the 60's here man! LOL...LOL
     
  8. Jimsbirdhouse

    Jimsbirdhouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If protein doesn"t work GRIND UP SOME VIAGRA
     
  9. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] You need a "mood" lamp instead of a heat lamp [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Yeah....we are all right out of the 60's here man! LOL...LOL

    Setting up blacklight posters and lava lamps for them now ..... the hardest part is making those tiny fringed vests for the roos..... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. TwoCrows

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

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    Quote:Yeah....we are all right out of the 60's here man! LOL...LOL

    Setting up blacklight posters and lava lamps for them now ..... the hardest part is making those tiny fringed vests for the roos..... [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Hmmmm.....make us all feel right at home! Now you are getting the hang of it!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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