Raising Quail for Food

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  1. Thanks for the great tips! Is it best to wait until spring to start raising quail or is it ok to get them now? Also, do you use a heat lamp all year round at night out when out reaches a certain temperature? Thanks. (I was the person looking to buy your quails from craigslist in August by the way)

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  2. Hi Tom,
    The choice of whether you would buy or hatch quails during cooler seasons depends on two things:
    1. Your local climate. For example, if you are in a temperate climate with small temperature variations between seasons, such as coastal areas of Southern California, you can hatch and raise quails all through the year. All you need to do is to keep the quails indoors in constant temperature of about 98-100 degrees for the first week, then slowly reduce their environment’s temperature one degree a day. This will help them get used to the cooler temperatures outdoors. After about three weeks, or once they have developed their full set of feathers, you can move them outside.
    2. Your ability to provide them temperate climate when introduced out doors. For example, if you are not in temperate climates and your local temperatures drop below 70 degrees, you need to provide them a temperature controlled area. This can be achieved by creating a heated enclosure where they can go to stay out of cold, wind, rain, etc.
    In our area, summer temperatures are in acceptable range for the quails: However, our “winter” temperatures can occasionally drop below 60 degrees. To help the quails be comfortable in their enclosure, we have a coop that is about 2’ off the ground and other than the door way, it is completely enclosed. This set up keeps them out of the elements when needed. If and when temperatures drop even lower, we have a heat lamp that will be turned on to keep them warm during the cold nights.
    Take a look at your climate, check out the microclimate in your immediate area, and study what you need to do to ensure Quail’s comfort. If everything is going to work, then buy your quails. For your first time, I highly recommend you buy quails that are at least 4 to 6 weeks old. The older they are, the better they can tolerate temperature fluctuations.
    I hope this information has answered your question. If not, please let me know and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

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