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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Thegamekeeper, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. Thegamekeeper

    Thegamekeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    Ive built it inside my big garage.

    Got one side finished almost.

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    Few pics of my jumbo quail hens.

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    Thanks for looking.
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    LOOKIN GOOD [​IMG]
     
  3. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    DH is making me a new pen. So I am really looking yours over.

    How ya going to keep them in there, when you open the drop door? With the door flopping down, mine would be out and about.
    The dog would be walking right behind them, trying to herd them back to the pens.

    Or is this a run that connects to a pen? Because I need one of those for the outside brooder yet.
     
  4. Thegamekeeper

    Thegamekeeper Out Of The Brooder

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    Here it is now finished, well just gotta get some bolts on the doors and thats it.
    im housing 3 pairs of gambels in it. although i could get plenty more in there.

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    Hi Buttercup,
    Like you say they would be gone, defently gambels as there flighty as hell, I havent really worked that out tbh.
    haha, my dogs would just chew them up lol No its just an indoor pen for my gambels.
    Oh right i see.
     
  5. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Just As Sugesstion But Most New World Quail Are Spaz Cases.... Your Design Might Work Better If The Door Are Hinged On The Sides... Flapping The Door Down Like That Will Likley Cause Difficulties With Them And Flushing And May Cost You In The Long Run... Another Quick Fix Would Be To Staple 2 Overlapping Pieces Of Netting Over The Openings Inside The Doorways... Leaving And Overlap Seam In The Middle Which You Can Reach Through To Tend To The Animals While Keeping Them Confined When The Spaz Or Flush, I Have Used This On Many New World Speces Pen And It Works Great, When I Reach Through To Feed/ Water Them And Go Bonkers And Flush The Result Is They Bounce Harmlessly Off The Netting And Land With A Bewilered Plop In The Back Of The Cage--- No Worse For Wear And Still Confined. The Addition Of Netting Is Simple Many Hardware Stores Sell A 1/2 Inch Square Nylon Netting To Be Used Over Ornimental Fish Ponds, Pools, Etc.. Just Get A Decent Sized Piece Of That And Cut To Fit 2 Overlapping Pieces In All Doorways And Staple It Onto The Frame Inside The Doorways... You Can Then Reach Thru But They Cant Get Out
     
  6. Delta3013

    Delta3013 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Nice quail pen [​IMG]
     
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  7. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 27, 2008
    SouthEast TX
    Ya, my first growout pen is a little different than the other pens. (Actually most of my pens are a little different from each other). Made the door open on one side but all the way at the bottom of cage. Had to make me a 4" framed out screen to keep the little jumpers from just standing there and jumping down to take a look around.

    Works great though to keep them in. I hold it in place with a wooden turner thingy. When empty can just take it out to get it out of the way to clean the pen. Now all pen doors start 4" up from the bottom.

    But I still like the flippy door - going to be nice when you need to get in there and clean the pen. I might make a smaller door inside that door for daily use to tend the birds and use the big door to clean out the pen when empty. Hummmm. I have a flippy divider for my newest pen(s) - same concept, hope it works to separate color variety colonies. Flips up though and ties in place when not in use for a larger colony.
     
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  8. daseymay

    daseymay Out Of The Brooder

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    A few years ago while having quail I decided to build a laying pen to where the eggs would roll out to the front. I decided not to buy the plans and counted the squares in the photos for measurements and after a couple of days had an eight foot pen with 8 cages, but I never got around to using this pen though. A few years have gone by and I once again have quail and just put them into this pen located in a sun room at the back of our home. The feeders and waters are on the outside above where the eggs roll out on a slight angled floor. So far everything is going swell with the new cage, except my wife says a few of the eggs are getting small cracks. I may have to change the angle where the eggs drop off or may try putting a thin piece of foam in the bottom of the trough that the eggs drop into. I love the idea of not have to go inside my cages every day for eggs and to feed and water. I now do not have to clean out feeders and waters. Looks as though you have a good strong pen and yes, Like me as well as others, I am sure you will always be looking for ways to improve your pens. I can not tell the dept of your cage, but also found out long ago that I did not want any cage that I could not reach all the way into the back. My old brooder was made from and old glass front display case and had a drop down door that went all the way across which made cleaning and catching easy, but did have a few birds escape from time to time into my barn. I did manage to catch these young birds after some effort though. Good luck with your birds and new cage.
     
  9. joe125

    joe125 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 20, 2010
    Quote:That looks like 4-2x2x1 pens to me...at least for coturnix. Well, minus the legs anyway. I agree on the side mounted hinges. Way better to stamp down a flight of fancy.
     
  10. Thegamekeeper

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    I'll look into getting some of that netting JJMR794, and your way sounds a lot better and safer. [​IMG]
     

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