Cage Size for jumbo Coturnix breeders? Please give me some answers.

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  1. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia
    If the cage width is around 50cm (1ft 8in) , how long should it be (minimum) for 4 jumbo hens & a cock kept in a layer style cage?
     
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  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    a good rule of thumb is 1 sq ft per bird or about 23 cm square. Now in the breeder colony your suggesting you can push those limits a bit and they should do fine--- so long as the sex ratio is right (as your plan is it will work) I have breeder banks that are 2 ft square and routinely keep 1:4 or 1:5 coturnix groups in them with no difficulties what so ever.
     
  3. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
    Australia
    Thanks! I have a set width to work with though as I have a certain area where the cages need to be. That's why I didn't want a square footage answer. That & the fact that as soon as someone says the word square, my brain shuts down.
    So for a simple answer for a simple gal, if each cage is 1ft 8in wide, how long should it be for 4 hens & a roo? Just over 2 feet?
    ETA. Also what is a good cage height for jumbos? These weigh 420 grams on average.
     
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  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    1ft 8in wide --- go 3ft long and you'll have a lil spare room. hieght should be controlled to help avoid bird injury from flushing and bouncing off the roof of the pen--- 12 to 16 inches high is more than sufficient--- too high and they can build up enough force when they flush to injure or kill themselves, so shorter is better with these guys.
     
  5. danischi24

    danischi24 Loves naked pets

    Aug 17, 2008
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    Thanks so much!
     

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