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Post by VieT on Sun Jun 29, 2008 1:42 pm

ok ... have been looking around at peoples different setups .. and have decided not to use the full area i have.. but instead to erect a shed in that space... and put inside rabit hutch style cages ... with artificial light ? (ubv tube ?? what grade?)

and also artificial heat for the nights .. an infa red bulb ?? again what wattage would you suggest for a 6ftx4ft sheds ? possibly a bigger one.. depending what we can get hold of.. the one spare at the mo is 6x4 Very Happy

the cages will be raised off the floor.. and under the cages traps... to prevent rats etc Very Happy

is there anything else i will need ?

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Post by Harrie on Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:07 pm

I have a single bulb in my shed - in the middle of the wall opposite hutches - of 60w and I hope this will be enough light to encourage egg laying in winter but haven't tried it yet (my shed is 7' x 5'). I only use heat for baby/young quail and mine were perfectly okay this winter in their hutches in an unheated shed. For baby quail I used a 100w reducing down to 60 after a wk or so. Or I use an electric hen which is only 45w.

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Post by Ironsun on Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:28 pm

Hi,

I don't think it's nesseccery to have any heating....... Quails are very hardy as long as they are kept out of strong cold winds and the damp. A shed is an ideal place to keep them over winter.

The only lighting I have in my sheds are the engery saving 11watt (normal 60 watts) I used one per shed all winter and my birds lay throughtout. The Bulbs only cost 39p or 3 for a 1 at Morrisons.

The only other thing I supply is a deep layer of wood shaving for them to snuggle into at night.

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Post by Suz on Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:08 pm

I had to put heating into both my sheds last winter, as i had quite a few deaths by pile up .............. mabye its just much colder this far north, but my quail don't like it Smile

I use tubular heaters like these ... SHED HEATER

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Post by VieT on Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:42 pm

so i dont need ant uv tubes ?? was ussing that a bulb would not replicate the sun neerly enough ?

my idea was the place them in a shed.. younger ones in smaller hutches... bigger ones in bigger hutches.. and then when its nice.. pleace them on the garden in a run...??

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