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as for quail enclosures theres sooo many options, from homemade to ones specifically made for quail, to bunnie hutches converted into  pens for them. All i reccomend for quail outdoors is that they're on wire in atleast partof their enclosure keeps them cleaner...but if you want a full solid floor more power to ya just be prepaired to clean more. smile

As for button quail...remember, most button quail keepers keep their quail indoors if they live in colder climates, in warmer climates they can live outdoors year round (as long as it's warm year round). In which case the same housing applies for them, but the wire must be small so they can't escape (they are very tiny...think parakeet size). smile

I have a button quail hen outdoors with my coturnix quail to proove a point....to proove that button quail can survive outdoors in colder climates just lik coturnix can as long as they're in a good draft free enclosure....and so far i've been prooving that point very well...but i am hessitant to tell others to do it until my hen makes it through the whole winter...so far she's been in way below freezing temps and is as healthy as a horse...heck the other day she started laying eggs again! LOL! As long as everything goes well, winter 09' i plan to have more adult buttons outside as long as they'v ebeen "winterized" (had weeks to get used to changing cooling temps).

So! with that said i highly reccomend if you want button quails and live in a colder climate to plan to keep them indoors if you want them to thrive....as puting a quail that's been used to living indoors outside now (if you're going into winter weather) could kill them.


Now back to cages.... any type of cage will work, rabbit hutches, specifically designed to your liking pens, heck even normal chicken style coops would work well! smile Have fun with it you guys is all i can say! smile

I arleady showed my pens on the one post so no need fo rme to repost them.....i have most of my quail in al arge rabbit hutch, and others will be in 2 x 2 ft pens (5 birds in each)<--may be considered too small for that many but i really dont believe it is they have a ton of room. smile

Someone should come along soon and post their pens/enclosures for ya....i hope so atleast! smile


Edited by monarc23 - 11/7/08 at 3:13pm
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Originally Posted by linebacker 

I apologize but I am completely picture loading inept. 

I currently raise Texas A&Ms in my garage that we turned into an aviary.

The pen could be an aquarium for a few button quail to the 12' x 3' growing pens I have for my meat quail, or even larger.  It really depends on what type your getting and if you are going to keep them inside of a shelter or outside. 

My breeders are in 2' x 3' pens with the sides made out of 1"x1" welded wire and the bottom made with 1/2" hardware cloth.  The cages are 14" high and the top is made out of 1/2" flight netting.  Both the feeders and the waters are mounted on the outside so they do not take up floor space.  I have them mounted in a row of six with a guttered sloped drip board underneath.  Each cage is removable for easy cleaning and a two spare cages are available as needed. 

I currently have four hens and one male in each cage, however I think I will go to five hens and one male in the future.

The only thing that I wished I would have done differently would be to have slanted the floor so the eggs would roll out to a tray under the feeder for easier collection. 

I hope the description of my set up helps.  Maybe I can convince my daughter to take and load some pictures for me when she comes home for Thanksgiving from college.

Brad


yes Brad please ask your daughter! I'd love to see this setup! It sounds like my 6 hole pen, but each pen on yours is 1 ft bigger than mine! That egg idea does sound neat. smile

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post #14 of 46

I kept my buttons in a glass cage in the house.


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My mountain quail

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/quailpen2.jpg

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n227/myfantac/mountainquail2.jpg

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Beautiful Mt quail!!!  Never saw those before!

Here's one of my button cages:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/louwho02/DSC03673.jpg

The button cage I built all by myself!  (Not bad for a girl, huh?!)

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/louwho02/DSC03677.jpg

Coturnix cage:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/louwho02/DSC03678.jpg

I was fortunate that my inlaws used to breed cats, so they donated the cages.  Then we built frames with slide out trays.  Very easy to clean and care for.

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Beautiful Mt quail!!!  Never saw those before!

Here's one of my button cages:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/louwho02/DSC03673.jpg

The button cage I built all by myself!  (Not bad for a girl, huh?!)

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/louwho02/DSC03677.jpg

Coturnix cage:

http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k254/louwho02/DSC03678.jpg

I was fortunate that my inlaws used to breed cats, so they donated the cages.  Then we built frames with slide out trays.  Very easy to clean and care for.


those are NICE cages Cindy! smile I love em! If I was able to ahve coturnix indoors i'd ask for "plans" from you! LOL! I know you couldnt giv eme plans for the pens, but im pretty good at making those, but the slide out thingy i'd love to know how to do that properly i'd mess it up myself! big_smile


Edited by monarc23 - 11/7/08 at 4:26pm
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I wish I could build those kind of cages. You should see this one on youtube. It is awesome!!

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Originally Posted by hypnofrogstevie 

Found the video big_smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6a5FymRIfI


that is the coolest EVER!!!! I love the bamboo stairs and how it's built IN THE WALL like those cool fish tanks i've always wanted! Kudos to that person for sure!!!!

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