I´m planning on building a 6ft tall aviary for coturnix quails with 1/4 hardware cloth sides and I´m worried that a raccoon or something else can reach their claws through. Do coturnix sleep against the sides of the cage? Or if I put in some dog kennels will they sleep in those?
Predators getting to quails at night?
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Someone on here put a night cam on their quail cage once, to see how they got killed, and found that the quail would actually walk up to the fence to check out the raccoon, so I'd definitely make sure to use a wire size a raccoon can't reach through. 1/4 inch sounds very small though, I strongly doubt a raccoon can do anything about that. But we don't have raccoons around here, so I haven't really payed attention when raccoon proofing came up on the forum :P
Maybe with all the crap that mosquitoes are carrying you should go with the 1/4" wire.