It´s gonna be a bit bigger than what they have right now, which is 6-7 sqm (so around 2sqft per bird), so by adding a couple more would definitely not go below 1, most likely will have a bit more than 1.5 sqft per bird.
Must be about 40cm deep or so. Then again, I am in the top floor, so those garden areas have access to direct sunlight and no roof (it barely rains here in Lima). It was purposed for having grass, but I have reconverted some to have a small planting area. And quails now haha.
Let´s summarize it as garden is ruined, there is no grass, I have no space for further rotation - decision is taken to move birds from on-the-ground cage to a traditional above ground cage.
The key question is if in this move, there is an opportunity to add birds (1-2 addtl) to the current...
To put it simply, I have 3 of them in a 1 sq meter cage, and the garden is 2 sqm (this is a garden in an apartment we are talking, not a house with an aviary). So I have them a couple of weeks in one side, then move it to the other. At the beginning there was grass, but now there is grass in...
So currently I have 3 hens in a cage directly on the ground, but as I see how the soil deteriorates, and given that I have only 2 positions for it to rotate, I am seriously thinking in getting them a more typical wired based cage (sad for them though).
My question would be - if I were to do...
They are little beetle-like insects that feed on grains - so its a pest infecting rice and others (if you have a bag of rice and let it sit for months, it will probably grow some).
Thing is, they attacked a complete bag of my paella rice, so I took like 30-40 of the little bastards, put them on...
So I found a bag of rice completely infested with rice weevils. Stated picking up several of them, put them in a plate and served them to my quails. They absolutely went nuts and finished them in matter of minutes.
Has anyone else done this? I now feel tempted to always keep an aitight...
And they were! This would be the day by day egg production after their arrival at age 6w aprox:
(for 3 hens)
Day 0 (arrival): 2 eggs
Day 1: 2
Day 2: 1
Day 3-7: 0
Day 8: 1 soft shell egg
Day 9-12: 0
Day 13: 2 eggs!
Day 14-22 (yesterday): 1.8 eggs in average (between 1 and 3 eggs per day, not...
So just to update, got 2 solid eggs today! It was day 11 since the last hard eggs (there was a single soft shell egg on day 6). Hopefully will start to see some continuation tomorrow, and that this means that my stream of eggs has started!
Does that moving around affect their laying? I brought these girls home and they appear to be starting to lay again (I just found an egg this morning after 5 days in blank), but I´m afraid to sort of ruin their adaptation process.
Also, dont care much about the grass. Mainly want to move them...