Height of quail house for safety

Discussion in 'Quail' started by kristenm1975, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard several times that quail will fly up when startled and do so with such force that they are at risk of a broken neck. As such, it's been said that they should not have high ceilings in their housing arrangements or effort should be made to install a softer ceiling, such as wire, to prevent injury. How much truth is there to this, and how high is high enough or too high?

    I feel compelled to give them as much space as I can afford, in order to improve their quality of life, so I'm interested in hearing what others have done.

    Thank you!
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I raise coturnix in this pen. If they get startled they will jump & bang their head. If the ceiling is low there's less impact. Its totally true I have another pen that's higher & had one get banged up pretty good he/she w[​IMG]as bleeding . If you look at the pen just to the left that's the pen I'm referring to.If you look to the right I raise Bob Whites in there it's big with real high ceiling known as a flight pen.
     
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  3. kristenm1975

    kristenm1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the input! It looks like you've got a great system, where at least the little guys have space to run around, if not to fly. I appreciate the picture. Nicely made, simply coop.
     

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