My quail chicks are kept warm by a dull emitter heat lamp, and their brooder is on the landing under a window, so they get good daylight between about 8-30am and 4-30pm, ie 8 hours ATM. I've been extending this with a daylight-spectrum low-energy bulb in a table lamp above the brooder, and this comes on from 7.30a.m. until 8-30, and from 4-30 until 7-30pm. So in total they're getting 12 hours of light and then 12 hours in which to sleep in preparation for the exertions of the day, ie eating, drinking, pooing and scattering mess everywhere.
Is this about right? How much light do you give your chicks, if you don't have them under a red light 24 hours, for heat?