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    Could a racoon kill 40 pigeons like this?? Graphic

    My guess would be mink. How big was the hole? Is your pigeon coop anywhere near water or a ditch?
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    Catching raccoons - do it proactively?

    We had a groundhog terrorizing our pot mum greenhouse. It ate flower buds off the mums every night. Quite a few nights of trapping got us nothing, until someone thought to put pot mum flower buds in the trap. It worked! It was humbling, though, that the groundhog outsmarted us for those...
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    Deep litter ? My setup

    Wet litter = disease. Sooner or later.
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    Moveable Coops, i.e. Tractors

    Those of you that move your coops often, or have tractor coops: how do you seal the bottom edge so predators don't slip under and into the bird's area?
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    Coconut Coir

    I've used it as a root media in the greenhouse. It hold a lot of water, but it can be fluffed up to help it dry. If your floor area never gets wet, I think it would be a good base. There are different grades of coir, and some is salty because it was stored near the ocean. Ask a greenhouse...
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    Raising quail on the ground

    Wet soil = disease, eventually. If you have a moveable coop, than it isn't such a problem. Also, even if you don't have predators, you WILL have them. It is a brutal morning when you discover half your birds gone or dead. You're getting lots of good advice here, good luck!
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    Hens won't roost at night

    Could there be mites or other problems in the roost area?
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    Coturnix vs Coturnix

    This is awesome, and it must have been a fair amount of work for you to put together. Thanks! There is so much imprecise language, in almost any hobby, that it can be difficult for newcomers to figure things out. You've really cleared it up for me. I'd guess that Coturnix species crosses...
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    Coturnix vs Coturnix

    This is cool, thanks! So...why are they different species? Do they look different or have some other difference?
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    Coturnix vs Coturnix

    Are there actually, in practice, separate species of Coturnix? That is, can people keep Coturnix coturnix and Coturnix japonica? Are there pure strains of Coturnix coturnix and Coturnix japonica? Or are they so mixed up that we have, essentially, one genus / species?
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