New forum member here. Never owned quail before, but as can be guessed by my posting in this board, I'm thinking about getting some (probably coturnix, pharaohs or tuxedos, because I think they're neatest looking)... if it's a viable in my situation.
My biggest two questions right now are for people who keep theirs in their garage:
What do you all do to keep the quail happy/healthy in the garage that's different from an indoor-kept bird?
Do you keep your car(s) in the driveway or can you get your car in and out of the garage without overly stressing the birds?
For further clarifications on my situation....
Keeping them outside isn't practical as I just don't have enough of a backyard, and even if I did, I don't feel it's safe either, as I've had racoons get in there and mess with trash cans and I just shudder thinking of them getting into quail coops. I also saw pictures of some quail literally walking over to raccoons in some thread because they got curious. Did not end well. Obviously.
Also feel I'll probably have a fight with the HOA if they're outside. My reading of their CCR says I should be okay, but the less chance of getting a fight out of them when I ask, the better. If I keep them inside, it's much more likely for them not to give me grief over it. I at least don't have city ordinance problems and license issues (if even needed) doesn't seem complicated.
Indoor is kinda a possibility...but the garage probably is the best location where I can convert space to a decent home for them. I have a two-car garage, live alone and I'm really just using the other half as storage space currently.
Garage also means their stinkiness is sort-of outside the house if/when it gets bad (I hope to do enough regular cleanings and use advice given by people regarding indoor quail smell maintenance in general to keep the smell down, and I don't plan to keep too many either, but best to play it safe).
Even though the garage is the best location though, I... plan to keep my car in the other half of the garage...
So yes, now I worry about stressing the quail/getting them hurt. It's mostly the noise I worry about, as I don't pre-warm the car in the garage or anything like that, just open the garage door, get out/in, and close garage door. Don't travel all that much either besides to/from work, and usually if I do shopping or the like in one go, so the garage should really open just twice a day on average.
Because I've read that quail are fairly sensitive to disturbances, I've been honestly more worried about that than the HOA.
Wanted to get advice on the matter, and also wondering if limiting coop height, padding the coop ceiling, and/or providing hideaway locations in their homes all might be enough of a solution, or if I'd just have to keep my car in the driveway if I want garage quail.
Is there any chance that they just get used to it? That would be amazing if they did.
I mean, if there's quail that will just walk up to a racoon asking to have their necks snapped...admittedly, the racoon's probably quieter than the garage door (automatic, btw) and the car.
So yeah, any answers from garage quail owners (or quail owners in general if they have advice) regarding quail stress/co-existence with cars would be appreciated.
I've seen plenty of 'Don't keep quail with chickens!' comments before, but now just need to see about keeping them with my car!