1/4" vs 1/2" mesh flooring

Discussion in 'Quail' started by willow_lane, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. willow_lane

    willow_lane Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    I converted a rubbermade tube into a pen this morning. I used 1/4" mess wire for the flooring thinking that it would be easier on the chicks feet. Is 1/4" still big enough to let the dropping fall into the catch pan? I am using it for chicks until they are around 5 weeks old.

    Also is 14" X 20X a big enough tote to hold 16 babies?

  2. Kullas

    Kullas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2009
    Ellijay Ga.
    If it were me i would have cut the top out of the box and put the mesh on top and for the first 3 or 4 days i would keep them on paper towls and then moved them to pine shavings then to wire. and after 4 weeks put them on 1/2" wire. but i think the poop will catch on the 1/4" mesh
  3. feedstorechick

    feedstorechick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2009
    You didn't say if these chicks are bantam or standard size.

    I use a 17" x 34" Sterilite tub (90 quart). I had seven Welsummers in it. By 3 1/2 to 4 weeks, I moved them to a 2' x 4' pen. The tub was needing changing every day, and they were nearly too tall for it.

    I also like the longer, narrower shape of this tub. They can move closer or farther from the heat lamp, as they need.
  4. willow_lane

    willow_lane Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 19, 2009
    These are Coturnix quail.
  5. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I use 1/2" and they don't have any problems, when you put in the 1/4" it does fall through when tramped on by the birds, but if you are only using it for the newly hatched chicks go with 1/4 adults 1/2.

  6. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    My brooder has the 1/4 inch and I use it for both quail and chicken chicks with no problems at all.

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