If you are raising bobwhite quail for sale then you are likely already familiar with how important temperature control is during the incubation period. Bobwhite quail eggs require a lot of tender loving care for sure, but don’t think you are in the clear just because your chicks have graduated to the brooding process. Northern Bobwhite quail chicks require attention during brooding as well.
One of many important aspects of a successfully raising quail lies in using the proper temperature during brooding.
Get your quail brooder up an running at least 24 hours before you intend to introduce the bobwhite chicks. You want the environment to be free of chill for the quail chicks and getting this all ready a day ahead of time should give you enough time to make any needed repairs or adjustments to the brooder. Anyone involved in raising quail knows that there is nothing worse than scrambling to make adjustments and repairs to a brooder (or quail incubator for that matter) with live chicks (fertilized eggs) waiting for their habitat. No, a good quail breeder gets his or her brooder ready ahead of time. This will help to both produce a better quail yield and to help you sleep better at night.
Obviously the correct temperature of your quail brooder is very important.
The following is a guide for Bobwhite Quail brooding temperatures printed by Clemson University.
Bobwhite Quail Brooding Temperatures
Week 1 – 100 F
Week 2 – 95 F
Week 3 – 90 F
Week 4 85 F
Week 5 80 F
By obverserving how your bobwhite quail chicks move about the brooder you can quite easily determine if the temperature you are using is ok and if the quail chicks are comfortable. Your quail brooder is too cold if the chicks are all gathering around the heat source all the time. If they all avoid the heat source completely then it is too hot. The temperature is right when the chicks have spread out in a circle around the heat source.
Make sure you check your brooder temperature daily. You can make adjustments depending on various factors. Generally you provide warmth for at least five weeks but if the chicks are sick you may want to add additional heat. If you are having hot weather, you may only need to provide additional heat at night.
In the end, raising bobwhite quail is much like any other skill or hobby, you will learn as you go and there is no reason why you cannot experience the joys of raising your own quail.