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.