Question Temperatures for quail

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  1. WZPV

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    I am in the research phase of getting started with raising quail and would like to get some clarification on the temperatures that the quail are the most productive. I've watched videos of quails thriving in climates where their runs are covered in snow and others where it's obviously very arid. My question concerns the temperatures where you should start being concerned for their health. I am located in Texas where our winters will occasionally dip down to 20F(-7C) or as high as 105F(41C) in the summers. I have seen where people stress the importance of giving the quail full sunlight but I am concerned about building a run without a roof for shade on those hot summer days. I would also be concerned about the coop becoming a mud pit during rain storms.

    That was a long winded route to get to my question. At what temperature should you start to think about supplying a warming lamp for your birds, and at what temperature should you be concerned about them over heating?
     
  2. Phil

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    Hi im in the tropical forest area of Australia as far as heat our Quails start to pant around 33*c indicating around that temp mind you humidity usually 70 plus. Cold not sure on
     
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  3. DarrenP

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    Our quail are in a cage situated under the edge of a low hanging branch, and covered with shade cloth at the moment. Our summer temps get into the 40's as well; two weeks ago we had 46. They seem to be fine like this. I don't do anything other than change their water daily, except give them a light misting spray as I go past watering the garden when the temperature hits the 40's.
    So our quails get some morning sunlight, through the shade cloth, and then get extra shelter from the wattle tree. Can't help with the cold side of things, as we rarely get down to zero. There's another thread on here with someone from Canada, talking about heating water for chickens.
     
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  4. eggcentric

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    I think it really depends on your setup and how many quail you are raising. If you have quite a few, then as a group they will generate quite a bit of body heat, which will help to warm their environment somewhat. Also, the deeper the bedding, the better. Straw is good insulation and they will burrow in and under to keep warm when the temperature is colder. Some people use hay or wood shavings. The important thing is to provide dry, well ventilated but draft free housing/shelter with ample bedding for them. I only have three quails at the moment, so I provide supplementary heat for them when the temperature drops below -15C, especially when it's colder for an extended period.
     
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  5. Philip Adamson

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    Just wondering if you ever got quail started. I'm in Texas also and have similar questions about temperature. If about 91* F makes them pant, what will 100* do?
     
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