Will my quail be alright in subzero temperatures?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by lanimilbus, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. lanimilbus

    lanimilbus Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 6 Mountain Quail and 24 Bobwhites that are in adjacent pens with an attached shed for them to go into when it's too cold and so far they've all done fine throughout the harsh Maine winter here -- however, the forecast for tonight and tomorrow is around -25°F (with the windchill going as low as negative 35 degrees) and I'm wondering if they'll be alright in those kinds of temperatures. I did close them inside the shed for the night and the doors and windows are closed but it's still below zero in there and will likely stay that way for at least the next 48 hours or so. I'm more concerned about the Mountain Quail since there's fewer of them and they don't huddle together like the Bobwhites do, and while they've endured bitter cold temperatures before it still hasn't been close to 20-35 below zero so far this winter. I tried putting a heat lamp in the shed but there was a strong persistent burning smell so I took it out. Will they be alright at those temperatures or should I try and do more to keep them warm?
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    Put straw in their cage, keep their water from freezing, make sure there is air circulation so they won't get frostbite, and you could give them a little corn if you want to. Keeping unfrozen water in there will do wonders.
     
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    As Long As They Are Dry, And Have Shelter From The Wind They Should Be Fine. Both Speces Survive These Conditions In The Wild Within Their Normal Ranges.
     
  4. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:You have my utmost respect. [​IMG]
     

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