What can I use as a quail brooder?

What can I use as a quail brooder?

What can I use as a quail brooder?

Choose a brooder for the quail chicks. It should be a warm, clean, enclosed area. Try using a cardboard box, a rodent cage, or even a rabbit hutch. Make sure your brooder has a solid floor and 4 solid walls. The chicks will need enough space to move around and not get crowded.

What do you put in the bottom of a quail brooder?

To prevent splayed legs, we recommend placing shelf liner in the bottom of the brooder. It should be cut to size and lie flat on the floor. Paper towels can also be used on top of the shelf liner to help absorb moisture. After 5 days, pine shavings can be added to the brooder.

How big should a quail brooder be?

Brooder Requirements: Young quail chicks are small and delicate and need a proper draft-free brooding setup. Provide . 25 square foot per chick of brooder space. Increase the size as they grow.

What bedding do you use for quail?

You can use pine shavings, (never use cedar shavings, toxic to the lungs) grass hay, straw, or even sand will work, especially in aviary style set ups. Grass hay and straw tends to stay put better covering wire floors than pine shavings. You can also use a solid floor if you don’t have wire and cover it with bedding.

How tall should a brooder box be?

12 inches tall
The container needs to be at least 12 inches tall for chicks in weeks one to three, but by the time they are six weeks old the walls should be 24 inches high to keep them from hopping out.

Can you use a cardboard box as a brooder?

Big cardboard boxes can be scrounged from grocery and appliance stores. A box about three or four feet square or equivalent is big enough for ten to 20 chicks. Duct or packing tape applied to joints makes the box sturdier and eliminates drafts that might enter through cracks.

How long do quail stay in brooder?

Keep the quail in the brooder for about two weeks. Then, you can move them to the cages in the same location where the other adults are kept, whether that is outside during the summer or in a small barn.

Is pine bedding OK for quail?

A plastic tote with walls at least 18 inches high makes an ideal temporary home for your baby quail until she is fully feathered. Fill the bottom of the container with 3 to 4 inches of bedding such as pine shavings or straw. Cover the bedding with old newspaper for the first five to ten days.

Can you use wood shavings for quail?

It is a good idea to use wood shavings as bedding as straw may contain lice which will live on the birds. Hay will get soiled easily and can produce spores if it become damp. Move your Eglu – Quail are quite light on the ground and you should move your Eglu about once every two weeks.