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Coturnix Quail enclosure questions?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by B3NZ0, Jul 17, 2016.

  1. B3NZ0

    B3NZ0 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am looking into getting a few jumbo coturnix quail. I have seen most keep them inside would they be okay outside? How much room do they need? I found a 24x92 hutch I am thinking of getting for them how many could I keep in here?

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  2. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They handle heat & cold well and do fine outside. Figure about 1 sq ft per bird for layers/breeders, so your cage will handle 15 or so comfortably. The coop you pictured appears to sit on the ground though and you'll have a poop buildup problem if you have stock more than 5-6 unless you move it or clean the poop out regularly.
     
  3. B3NZ0

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    Do you think they would use the coop part of the enclosure?
     
  4. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The top part? No because quail are ground birds, they don't roost or perch off the ground.
     
  5. B3NZ0

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    Right on. Thanks for the guidance!
     
  6. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    I heard that quail will sometimes go up to sleep if the option is there for them, but I'm not sure. Doesn't it seem a little cramped to be keeping fifteen quail in there at once?
     
  7. weirdones

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    No coop is needed. Quail lay eggs where ever they want. 1 sq. ft per bird and don't go more then 12" high because they might jump up and break their necks. Converted rabbits hutches also work. I keep ours in breeding groups of 1 male to 4 females. If for meat then we use a larger pen. Make sure they have room and plenty of food to prevent picking and cannibalism.
     
  8. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    15 birds wouldn't be cramped at all. That pen shown is about 15 sq ft of floor space. 15 birds don't precisely space themselves evenly like a military formation. Imagine 15 floor tiles that are a foot each; 4 birds might be standing in 1 area, 3 in another, 3 by the feeder, 5 in the sandbox, there will be lots of unoccupied areas. A grower cage for young butcher birds might have 100 birds in the same space.
    The pen shown is a 2 hen chicken coop that sits on the ground and it's not suitable for raising any serious amounts of quail.
     
  9. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    In my opinion it's still too small, and as you said it is not the ideal housing for quail anyway. You'd be better off with some kind of run or aviary.
     
  10. mporche

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    That cage is ok for 15 birds.I have 45 breeders in a 3x6 pen and don't have any problems.
     

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