Quail Coop inside the screen house

By Raelf · Oct 24, 2013 · ·
  1. Raelf
    I spent about a month designing and building this scaled down chicken coop for our quail. I have zero carpentry skills, but after looking at many designs, and even more 2,000 dollar coops for sale, I think I pulled it off!

    First we caged off 1/4 of our 16x16 screen house: (we added a framed hardware cloth roof as well)

    Added lighting: 4 fixtures, 3 CFL's for us, 1 250 watt sunlamp for the birds, have a timer that tracks dawn to dusk and gives them light when it's light out...

    Then construction of the coop:



    My construction assistants...

    screened vents with closure bars...

    It is harder that I thought to build a functional door...


    Adding the windows and skylight because, well, the indoor part was just too dark!

    Ever try framing plexiglass with furring strips and a nail gun? I do not recommend it. (neither do my fingers which got skewered more than I care to mention)
    Result was worth it tho... at least there's natural light in there to keep the feathered ones in rhythm...
    Roosting bar and panic platform to get away from pesky males... need to add some ladders as I find that quail don't really roost...

    Added a panel heater for them cold winter nights... should provide enough heat for the enclosure above...

    Here's the (almost) finished project... need to refine the ladder and entry platform and cage the heater to prevent burns...





    Of course, the obligatory supplies...

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    I'm a seasoned wood worker and couldn't have done better. Nice job.


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  1. joan1708
    Well with chickens you have to keep them in the coop for a couple days to make it "home base", then you let them out into the run. I wonder if that holds true for quail?
  2. featherweightmn
    I wonder since most animals(especially chickens, LOL) are food motivated. Do quail like treats?? If so, place them on each rung of the ladder and going inside the coop. That's how we trained our younger girls(Chickens in this case) to want to go inside the COOP. A wise chicken keeper (me, LOL) once said . . ."Where there is food, birds will follow!" I've even trained our girls to jump like dogs -while I hold corn kernels in my hand, LOL! -Anyways, just a suggestion :) Good Luck!
  3. Raelf
    I know I DO need to revisit the ladder set up... I attached it with the door closed, not realizing that 99% of the step off platform was blocked by the door and the ladder is basically too narrow to hop down to when 2/3 of their fat little bodies are behind their feet...

    Any suggestions on teaching them to nest "indoors" or making it a more natural place to nest is welcome and appreciated!
  4. Raelf
    I may have made the floor too inviting... worrying that they would get too cold or not find the shelter above them, I put down like 4" of shavings and straw piles all over and millet sprays for energy value in the cold (iirc, millet is pretty high fat). I did the same to a lesser degree up top. Maybe I need to amp it up at the top and just put enough shavings down at the bottom to catch the poop...
  5. Trefoil
    Your coop is beautiful. I have only had the bobwhite,button, and chukar so I don't know much about them, but I think that at night dark and enclosed makes them feel safe. You could try putting a "brush pile" in their coop so they have stuff to hid under & climb on and don't feel so exposed. Hopefully someone with a lot of quail experience will see this and help you out.
  6. Raelf
    Thank you! Now if I could only get the dumb birds to use the coop... they live under it! I want to tell them "Hey! It has heat! It has skylights! The dogs can't see you in there!" LOL... I need to figure out how to entice them, since the ladder is not interesting to them.
  7. featherweightmn
    I don't know much about Quail -but love the set-up you have designed for them . . ..
  8. joan1708
    Thanks, Maybe some day I'll give them a try! Good luck with your birds!
  9. Raelf
    They are simply pets and my neighbor is a fan of the eggs. The males do have a call, but it isn't loud. Basically they just peep when they are disturbed. Other than that.... quiet.
  10. joan1708
    I'm just curious but, why are you raising quail? Will you eat them, or teach dogs to hunt, or maybe just to watch them? Do they make a lot of noise? My dog trainer keeps quail and has a big Johnny house. It's interesting.
  11. Raelf
    I have six currently. I've been told I could keep twice that comfortably, but I'll keep the flock small for now until I have the whole bird thing understood. Right now I'm trying to figure out what environment will be the happiest for them and how to get them to use the spaces I've made for them.
  12. joan1708
    Very nice. We don't see many quail coops on this website. How many quail can you keep in there?

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