Advice on building a quail cage/coop/etc

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Joshaeus, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Joshaeus

    Joshaeus Out Of The Brooder

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    'ello all! As the title implies, I am asking for some advice on how to build a quail cage/coop. I know that I can make a small-capacity cage out of hardware cloth and a large storage bin, but am looking for other ways to build a cage. Is an all-wire cage a possibility? Failing that, how would one build a cage with a wooden frame? (If this helps, the cage(s) will be indoors and are going to most likely be designed for somewhere between 4 and 8 quail each...yes, I might build more than 1 cage).
     
  2. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This link shows a rabbit cage to consider. I built 6 cages similar 2' x 3' and I keep 5 quail in each. The floor was made of 1/2" x 1" welded wire and is 16 gauge so it has more strength than the typical 19 gauge 1/2" x 1/2" hardware cloth. The sides are made of 1" x 1" welded wire fence.

    My first 2 cages made with wooden frames, and after cleaning them 2 or 3 times, I found them to be very bulky and hard to clean. So, I stuck with all wire cages and saved my aching back.

    Good luck,
    James
     
  3. rhodeislandred18

    rhodeislandred18 Out Of The Brooder

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    If you look at my post "quail next week" you'll see my almost complete cage set up, if you were into building the same or similar cage, I'd gladly give you directions on how to make it :)
     
  4. Joshaeus

    Joshaeus Out Of The Brooder

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    That wood-framed cage was almost exactly what I had in mind! Specifically I was thinking of a 48 by 24 by 12 inch cage, with 12 being the height. Such a cage looks simple enough to build, but thank you!
     
  5. Joshaeus

    Joshaeus Out Of The Brooder

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    On a side note, how small do the holes on the mesh need to be to prevent the birds from escaping or otherwise harming themselves?
     
  6. marksouth

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    it's not so much how big the mesh needs to be to keep the birds in, but to keep preditors out. Look at James dimensions in post above, he is right 8n the money.
     
  7. Joshaeus

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    So a 1 inch hexagonal mesh would work? (The cage is going to be indoors, so predators should not be an issue).
     
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  8. luvburds

    luvburds Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a big rat snake get in by garage when I was brooding chicks, don't have a clue how. If you're sure you're secure I guess chicken wire would work indoors after a couple of weeks. before that one x two inch square max to keep chicks in
     
  9. nayeli

    nayeli Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was a house framer in another life so I build wood frame cages 10'-16' feet long using 2x4's ripped down the middle, 1/2 hardware cloth for the floor, (poop doesn't pass well through 1/4) a 1/2" plywood back, 1" chicken wire fronts with a 1'x1' plywood door, for a roof I use whatever I got but prefer pvc panels to save weight.
    I divide it into 3-5 sections with slide in plywood dividers; the first section is really small, the next sections are each a little bigger. That way I can brood chicks in the small section, then when I get a new hatch I pull the divider and run the birds into the next bigger section, then when I get a new hatch I repeat the process and when they finally reach the largest last section they are big enough to eat.
     

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