Height for Coturnix Pens

Discussion in 'Quail' started by AimsChickies, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. AimsChickies

    AimsChickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 8, 2008
    SW Florida
    My coturnix babies are all growing up and I need to get their pens finished. I already know i want to make them 2 ft x 2ft for a trio, but does anyone have a recommended height for the cages? Thank you all in advance, you have been so helpful!
  2. 98 gt

    98 gt a man of many... chickens

    Jan 14, 2009
    Marshville NC
    they dont have to be tall, since they dont "roost" but they will jump and hit their heads... id say maybe 18-24"?? mine is 30" tall... 78"long ad 36" wide...with a removeable divider
  3. bigjohn

    bigjohn Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2008
    I have some of my birds in one cage with a plywood roof and it is only about 10 to 12 inches high. I have actually had 3 birds break their necks flying up and hitting the roof in the short of a distance.

    My other pen has hardware cloth between the roof and the birds and have had no deaths. The hardware cloth 'gives' so they cannot get hurt as easily. I would definitely keep the height of the cage very low unless you want to loose some birds. All it takes is someone walking by the cage in the dark or an animal under the cage and they will fly straight up as hard as they can fly.[​IMG]
  4. CheerfulChaos

    CheerfulChaos Out Of The Brooder

    Ours are 14 inches high and made out of 1 inch by 1/2 inch hardware cloth. Haven't had any problems.
  5. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2008
    One should measure a fully stretched out bird then add maybe an inch should be sufficient . The lower the height of the wire the less speed that the bird can generate when flushing up before hitting it's jead on the wire will cause the least amount of dammage. Conversely, the higher the wire top is , the more speed is generated by the bird and more damage will result at the point of impact.
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Mine bonk their heads on a 4' ceiling, but it's the insulation foam board, so it doesn't hurt them. [​IMG]
  7. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine are 10" tall and that works great if you stack them like I do less wasted space and more room for more birds
  8. Boyd

    Boyd Recipient of The Biff Twang

    Mar 14, 2009
    Quote:Hey Mac!

    Was wondering if you could share any pics of your setup?
  9. Ole Bubba

    Ole Bubba Out Of The Brooder

    This is basically my set up, they work very well for coturnix and bobs, 11 inches high.


    edit: I use 1/2 inch hardware cloth and it takes 20 feet per cage for a 6 ft cage
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Do you have dropping boards in between the pens?

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