HS/HC floor size for cots

Discussion in 'Quail' started by rittert3, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    Would 1/8" HS be better for cot pen floors than 1/4"? I kinda want to use 1/8" anyway so I can use it with younger birds and still avoid feet getting caught. Also want to know if cots are better kept in single quad pens vs. colonies of say 3 quads...?
     
  2. Mek

    Mek Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont work in inches but I can tell you ... you want the poo to fall through....
    Maybe try news paper and sawdust on top of the wire (poo to fall through for adult cots)... then do a magic trick and pull it away when they are bigger?
    I dont know about the single quad verus colony quad... yet ...
     
  3. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    yes I had planned on using the rubber mesh drawer liners for brooders just didn't know about grow pens.
     
  4. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i use 1/2 " . if you use 1/4 " it's BRUTAL to keep clean ....i speak from experience...1/2" works fine for 2 week olds and up . you can always lay shelf liner over the 1/2" .
     
  5. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    For my Bobs, (which feet size should not differ from Cots that much) I use 1/2" HC with paper towels. (The pic shows a layer of newspaper first with old bath towels for their initial floor for the first week or so, but I use paper towels only now). I'm putting my chicks on the wire at 7-8 days. Just start at one end, and roll up the messy paper towel rug toward the other end. When they first put their feet on the new wire floor, they're a little confused......kinda like us southern folks when we first walk outside after s once-a-decade ice storm comes through!

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  7. gamebirdboy

    gamebirdboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You want 1/2 inch wire for adults. When mine get to about 3 weeks they go to 1/2 inch wire. For chicks to 3 week olds I use pine shavings and sometimes grit.
     
  8. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    Quote:I really like your angled reflector that would be awesome for quail, my bobs always piled if I had over a doz. in the brooder. I think I might have gotten confused on sizes you have the same size I have used in the past that I thought was 1/4" worked great. BTW [​IMG] lol
     
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  9. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    Quote:I really like your angled reflector that would be awesome for quail, my bobs always piled if I had over a doz. in the brooder. I think I might have gotten confused on sizes you have the same size I have used in the past that I thought was 1/4" worked great. BTW [​IMG] lol

    Thanks. Yep, that's 1/2" wire spacing............and yes, it's their nature to pile when uncomfortable and/or frightened.
     
  10. rittert3

    rittert3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Ks (Manhattan area)
    I'm sure those angles help reduce your losses, I lost an order of 100 bob chicks in 3 days due to piling in corners tried adjusting my lamps and everything they were just stressed and died off to fast for me to get things right. We turned around and got a dozen eggs from a family freind and hatched 8 and they did fine. I think when they get in those corners it makes it alot worse espeically if you have very many.
     

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