Indoor Quail in small area

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  1. SamFromVa

    SamFromVa New Egg

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    This is just about the only spot in my home where I can find space to raise quail. It's accually my furnace room, but I don't use the furnace because of other cheaper ways to hear my home. Anyway! I'm removing the electric furnace, cleaning out the dust and sealing the hole in the floor that leads to the duct work. All in preparation for quail.
    The room measures 24" wide x 32" deep and is ruffly 7' tall.
    I'm planning on building a rolling shelf system that can easily be rolled in and out for easy cleaning.
    I'll place vents in the bottom of door and a fan at the top for clean fresh air circulation. And timed lights.
    A few questions I have are.
    1. Does the height of the cage matter? How much taller than the bird should the cage be?
    2. With the door open most of the time, and lights installed to supplement the sunlight threw the near by window. Is this space sufficient?
    3. Giving that the bottom 18-24" of this system will be for storage how many cages can I stack in here? Keep in mind the door will be open about 14-16 hours aday.

    My goal is egg and meat production. I'm going to start off with a small number and work my way up. But I'd still like to have an idea of how much production I could get from this space. And it its a healthy way to raise quail.
     
  2. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    [​IMG]Welocme to BYC!!! It is an aweosme forum (the BEST in the world) and has a great comminity!!! Hope you have a great time and learn A LOT!
     
  3. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sam, welcome the Quail forum on BYC. I build my own cages, and I won't make them any higher than 12". One thing I would highly recommend is to have the drop pans an inch wider than your cages. I find that quail have a canny way of pooping through the wire.
    James
     
  4. scott62

    scott62 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi yall I'm new to this I would like to know what is best breed to start with ?
     
  5. Kneedles

    Kneedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chinese Painted ('Button') or Japanese ('Coturnix').
     
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  6. scott62

    scott62 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks were do I buy them &show many to start with
     
  7. Kneedles

    Kneedles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CPQs can be found in some pet shops. They should be kept in pairs or in small groups of one male and a few females; males should never be kept together when a female is present.
    Japanese Quails are sold by specialised breeders. They should be kept in groups of one male and at least three females.
     
  8. scott62

    scott62 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do I find the breeders for the Japanese qullas can you help me on this
     
  9. Julbrod

    Julbrod Out Of The Brooder

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    James marie , Vails Quail or post a wanted ad on this site. Also Google quail breeder near your town or even check Craig's List. I was surprised how many quail breeders there were near me in Central PA. Most just smaller backyard breeders like myself. I'd start with Coturnix so you can eat the eggs and even the extra birds if you wanted.
     

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