Originally Posted by horsekeeper
Excellent suggestion! I had bantams doing that and put a piece of plastic chicken wire across the bottom of the door until they learned to wait and run out the pop door into their run. When they ran out wild and free where the rest of the flock was the big adolescent roosters went after them hoping to get lucky and they were just little tiny girls.
Question: Can quail be kept on a coop like chickens with a covered run and be locked in at night to keep them safe and warm? It gets pretty cold here in the winter and having them inside will help with keeping the feed dry and water from freezing.
I had a coop in my first aviary and it was a pain to run around at night putting them in the coop. Quail will not go into the coop by themselves at night, nor in a storm. Mine only run into their coop if it is close by when a predator is close (or if i walk by). Cot quail can withstand COLD nights in groups. I had a group of 5 chicks (just over 3 weeks old) survive a below freezing night just fine.
Originally Posted by paneubert
Originally Posted by clawstar
paneubert I suggest placing some wire on the bottom of the door, so when you open the door the quail cannot run out. this would require you to step over it every time you enter or exit but I found it use full in my aviary. Does your door open into the aviary or out of it(or both?)?
Door opens inward, so I am hoping that opening the door will shoo the quail away from being near enough to be able to escape. Really, they have to get out of my way since the door swings all the way open and against the house. Hahaha. Anyone who doesn't move will be a flattened bird. That bottom board across the doorway is a 2 by 6, so when taking into account the pavers on the inside I am probably stepping over about a 4 inch tall wall. My plan (and we know how those seem to never work out) is to make sure I close the door as soon as I am inside. That way there is only a limited opportunity for escape. But making something a little taller isn't out of the question. I would need to have it on the exterior of the coop.
quail will jump over 4in easily. one of my biggest fears with an aviary door is squishing birds. quail can be known to hide in the corner and not move or make a sound until its too late, so I would not only add a block of wood to stop the door from opening completely. if you add the chicken wire to the outside side of the doors frame it will keep the quail from running out or stop some low flying birds from getting out. Quail will be faster than you expect and they are vary hard to catch, the more cation you use with them the better.
Edited by clawstar - 4/5/16 at 3:24pm