Multi level cage for jap quails?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by flowerchick2, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. flowerchick2

    flowerchick2 In the Brooder

    39
    16
    26
    Mar 12, 2018
    Perth Australia
    Hi guys, we are planning on some Japanese quail only about 4 just hens for eggs and want to be watching them through our glass doors while at our dining table..
    For more interesting watching do you think these kind of cages would be suitable? Screenshot_20190209-111353.png
     
  2. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

    1,097
    2,084
    216
    Oct 30, 2017
    Central Texas
    I'm not sure they'd use the surfaces, coturnix are notoriously bad with ramps.
    You know what you could do, though? You could tip that cage over onto its back and take out the platforms, so it would be wide and shallow instead of tall and thin. If it'd be outdoors, you'll have to be sure to arrange enough shade and shelter from the elements.
     
  3. le_bwah

    le_bwah Songster

    501
    828
    186
    May 1, 2018
    Boise, ID
    My Coop
    Fishkeeper's got a good idea. Quail are ground birds—instinct tells them to stay low.

    Make sure your setup can provide adequate enrichment—they need sand baths and appreciate cover, hiding places, things to mess with and explore. They're most interesting to look at when they have things to do.
     
  4. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

    6,798
    24,377
    967
    Apr 9, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    My Coop
    X 2 there are branches and shelters in our aviary. They're more often under them than on them.
     
  5. CoturnixComplex

    CoturnixComplex Songster

    348
    1,694
    201
    Nov 16, 2018
    Yes, they probably won't go up those ramps at all. If that's the cage you already have/really want, I'd remove the ramps altogether and make it 3 cages stacked :love Just give the upper levels extra shelter so they don't feel like they're flapping in the wind. It looks like ~3-4 birds would be just fine on each level depending on the actual dimensions.
     
    mixedUPturk likes this.
  6. CoturnixComplex

    CoturnixComplex Songster

    348
    1,694
    201
    Nov 16, 2018
    Oh, it's worth a mention many Coturnix hens will slow or cease laying without a male around. They're a tiny bit different than chickens that way. But 1 male and 3 or 4 females is a great group, and the males are usually very quiet and no trouble at all as long as they have girlfriends.
     
    mixedUPturk likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: