Raising Bobwhite Quail
Bobwhite quail chicks raise basically the same as other poultry except they are only about the size of your thumb so the brooder setup has to be right the first time.
I will describe a setup for 125 quail chicks and you can modify your brooder to fit your needs.
I would section off a 5'x8' room in the barn, shed or garage and cover the top with bird netting as they will begin flying at about 12 days old.
Inside of the room I would make a rectangle 2'x6' out of flashing or coil stock that you can get from your local hardware, then hang a red 250 watt heat lamp 14" off the floor (from the face of the bulb to the floor) and about 16" from one end of the rectangle, this is the best brooder setup their is bar none, this configuration will make the temperature about 115 degrees directly under the light and will be cooler farther from the bulb, the chicks will choose their own comfort zone, which is very important, they must be able to get to cooler areas if they want to.
- Use large flake pine shavings for bedding, from your feed store.
- Use 5 or 6 paper plates to feed them on for the first 4 or 5 days.
- Use 3 or 4 chick feeders after that, feed should be available to them at all times.
- Use a 1 gallon chick waterer with clean gravel in the base for 3 days( so they don't drown)
- Sprinkle baby chick grit on the feed for the first 4 days, in a container by itself after that.
- Give them warm water the first few days, with vitamins and electrolytes from feed store.
Be sure the room is draft free and you can take down the brooder guard rectangle on day 12 as the chicks will begin flying out after that.
As you can see they raise the same as other poultry with just a little more attention to detail.
Notice: Do Not try to raise quail or chukar in a plastic tote they are to small for the size of heat lamp needed, also pick up your chicks at your postoffice.
Thank you and have a great season.