I'm a hick because I use rabbit hutches with wire bottoms guys :)

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by monarc23, Apr 16, 2009.

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  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I found out on another forum that I'm being pointed out as a "hick" for housing my quail in wire bottoms, in rabbit hutches. They say it's cruel, and that I should be reported.

    Now...I KNOW many of you use wire bottoms on your pens, and some of you even use rabbit hutch styled (even if not built for rabbits) for your quail. Lets give this person something to read about WHY it's a good idea to use wire bottomed flooring for their birds. Sure sure, you can use solid flooring but the problem with that is walking around in their own fecies and ammonia which can burn their feet.

    This post is not to start an argument so no anger will be allowed on this post (i will have it locked by a mod if it starts) so please refrain from it.

    This is souly just to educate some people who think it's cruel as to why it's done.

    I have enough wood outside, or could easily get rubber or plastic for the floorings of my quails pens, however I DON'T do it because the birds would not be in a healthy situation then. My birds inside are on solid flooring, and I have to clean their brooders sometimes twice a day. I know I wouldn't enjoy walking around in my own poo.

    That brings me to a new thing, I could take ALL my birds out one by one and take a picture of them and you'd see that NONE have bumblefoot. As most of you know I am a picture-aholic wouldn't you all notice if my birds had swollen painful tootsies? I'd say so.

    As for the reporting part, by all means have someone come here, they'll laugh that someone reported me I can guarrentee it. My birds are spoiled beyond anything, I love them with all my heart and if they were in pain I'd fix any problem that could have caused it. Luckily theres no pain, no suffering. My birds are also not crammed in battery type cages. If anyone who thinks I or anyone else has their quails in battery t ype cages please visit youtube and see what a batterycage really looks like. The birds cannot stand/sit, stretch out, sprawl out, they are smashed side by side, head to butt any which way you can think.

    So any of you who do use wire floored bottoms please please put the reasons why you house this way. Maybe this person will stumble upon this and maybe it will change their minds about it. Or atleast clue them in that a person is not a hick just because they house their quail a certain way.

    That's a pretty hateful word when used that way, I have joked around and called myself a hick before but by all means I am not. People like that should take the time to get to know me before they say such things is all I will say.

    edited to add, those who DO house their quail on solid flooring, I am not downing you either, you guys have your reasons as well and more than likely have a small amount of quail to make it more easy to take the time to clean that. I on the other hand me, I have way too many quail outdoors to be cleaning thier pens individually every day twice a day. I also don't house them on the ground because of the worry of worms and coccidosis. Others do and that's their choice. [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Well I dont raise quails but I do use wire bottoms for my chicks and young adults without any problems. I don't see a problem using them for quails. I am sure you use smaller hardware wirings so i dont have to tell you anything more except you are NOT a hick for that reason. Practicability and ease of cleaning are all its about the caged quails.

    In your set up and scheduled maintance, I do not see this a problem. Not at all.
  3. I guess I'm a hick as well!!!!!! [​IMG] We do have poultry in the house from time to time, 4 house dogs - one a vicious, evil, people attacking, snarling Pit Bull -that likes to snuggle up to you and snuffle in your ear when she sleeps [​IMG]), a garden, can our own veggies, make sausage at home, process as much of our own food as we can, live out in the woods, don't have any close neighbors..... oh ya and raise some quail!!!!!!!!!!

    Our quail pen has 1/2 hardware cloth for the floor. Like you said the droppings fall right thru and we have had zero problems with their feet.

    Steve in NC
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  4. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    I must be a hick too then, and after seeing them raised on both first hand I choose my metal grate floor for them any day over solid ground!!!
  5. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:exactly [​IMG]

  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] Im a hick too then, my quail are on wire floors, and so are some of my OEGBs in breeding pens.
  7. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    I knew i'd get support for this thank you all so far for what you're saying that's exactly what I thought. I couldn't believe i'm a "hick'" for hardware cloth flooring. Herm! LOL

    not to mention supposedly my animals are awaiting slaughter... anyone who knows me knows that almost all of of my quail are here for genetic color reasons, NOT for me to snarf down and eat. SURE I do cull excess for that when I don't rehome them, but that's my business. They aren't trembling in their pens praying it isn't their D-day today,they run to the front of their pen seeing what treats I have for them lol [​IMG]
  8. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    What's wrong with being a hick. It sure beats being a stupid city slicker.
  9. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Songster

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I'm a hick too, my chicks usually go on a wire bottom and my daughters 2 pet quail are on wire bottom. Helps keep them from having to walk in their poo and stuff. I find it much cleaner and have never had one problem.

    I wouldn't worry about some folks.... [​IMG] [​IMG]

  10. Evermore Ranch

    Evermore Ranch Songster

    Sep 10, 2008
    NW Alabama
    We use wire flooring to raise our young and use the rabbit hutch style to single out when we need to. So I guess we are to.
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