Quail, like chickens, are extremely hardy and don’t need heat lamps during the winter. Last year, our temps got down as low as 12 degrees, and I wrote a whole blog post on keeping chickens happy and healthy through the winter, including links to people keeping them in far colder climes than mine. Please, people, I know you love your chooks, but don’t heat your coops! You’re harming them, not benefiting them. Proper ventilation is what chickens need, to keep them comfortable and frostbite free.
Anyway, this post is about the quail. They didn’t mind the cold at all last winter, but this year, I decided to try something new.
I filled their coops with straw. A thick, deep layer of straw.
I know they like to burrow under things, so I figured they would love this. They did. They started making little tunnels and holes immediately.
It made me think of hobbit holes, so I added even more straw…on top of their little houses. From the front of the coop, you can’t see the houses at all.
But when you walk around the coop and look in the back…
….yup, there it is. Do you see little Nefertari in there? They are happy quail.
The only one who was a little concerned by this was the male. Cinna lost all this girls, and couldn’t see them anywhere! He started panicking and doing the alarm call, the girls answered from under the straw, and he finally located them and all was content again.
This is a test. I don’t know if it will work out once the weather turns wet and nasty again. The straw may get icky, and I’ll have to scoop it out – leaving just what’s inside the shelter of the houses, like I normally do. We’ll see.