also i have a small back garden they wouldnt be aloud out in the garden they would be aloud in the house though is it cruel to get quail if they wont be able to forage through grass and stuff?
how much space do quail need?
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The recommended space requirements are 1 sq. ft. per bird. However, this figure is an estimate. Partly the space needed depends on the overall size of the pen, and also depends on the individual birds. As far as the pen size, I've had 5 quail in a 2x2 cage that looked crowded, but I've had 12 quail in a 2x4 cage with plenty of room left over. Now mine are in a 3x7+ pen with plenty of room. I think there are 30 birds in the pen.
I usually say that .75 sq. ft. per bird is enough, though it does depend on how big the cage is. I wouldn't put more than 6 in a 2x2 cage, and that's if they can use all the available floor space. My 2x2's with 5 quail in them had a 6"x15" area where their 'house' was, then it also had a chick feeder. So actual floor space was probably 2x1 1/2 at most.
Edited by shelleyd2008 - 10/11/10 at 6:08pm