It looks like it snowed in quail town! Hahaha. It is a 40 pound bag of "Sweet PDZ" I spread around to control the smell. I got the granular size, but as many have realized when they used this brand, the granules are not much larger than beach sand. I can't even imagine how small the "powder" version must be.....
I then spread 60 pounds of sand over it (looks a little less snowy in the photo below). I am sure the quail will work it in to the soil in no time at all. I have a second bag of PDZ and a second bag of sand. I might repeat my process in a few days if the smell does not go down. It is not horrible now, but it does smell a little like a barnyard if there is no breeze and the temp is warm.
Taking the advice of some folks on this site, I installed a short wall of hardware cloth across the door frame to keep the quail from walking out or crowding the door when I open it. I had stapled the wire up a few days ago, but just now got around to screwing in the wood cross brace to keep myself from scraping my legs/kicking the sharp wire top of the wall.
I have a small rake and a sifting shovel on order, so that will make mixing the coop soil and cleaning a little easier.
On the topic of food, I found a 1/3 full feeder this morning. So they are starting to reduce their feed intake. I gave them a new/full feeder, and when I was messing around with the sand/PDZ at about 1 or 2 PM, there was still some left. So today seems to be a much reduced day for eating. Probably partially because I have been messing with the coop, and partially......who knows why...
Ohhh.....and still no eggs to be seen. Hahahaha. I know it is probably because they are still settling in and because I keep dumping sand on their heads, but I am getting antsy! I want eggs! They are still totally chilled out about me and anything I do to them (they seriously wont even move so I can dump sand or open/close the door....I have to push them with the door or my foot to get them out of the way), but come on...lay me some eggs.
Edited by paneubert - 4/16/16 at 4:16pm