My backyard Coturnix coop and urban farm

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Bearded Farmer, Sep 7, 2012.

  1. Bearded Farmer

    Bearded Farmer In the Brooder

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    So I am kind of new to quail but not new to poultry. I built this coop about a month ago after picking up 11 Coturnix chicks. My plans are to collect a few hens for egg production. Out of the 11 I only managed to get 2 hens and of course 9 roosters.

    A week later I decided to buy 11 more 6 month old cots off a local breeder and got 5 more hens along with 6 more roosters. Obviously 7 hens and 15 roosters is a bad ratio so I culled 6 of the older roos and took 5 out of the main coop and put them in a bachlor pen. So in the end I have 7 hens and 4 roos in the main coop.

    The coop is homebuilt out of pressure treated and barn siding. I also just installed a home made PVC feeder that is working great and really frees up valuable coop space. Everyone is doing great and the older hens have been laying like crazy for the last 2 weeks! They are on Purina Game Bird Layena and Breeder and soon will be adding in some scratch.

    The coop....
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    Outside of the PVC Feeder...
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    Inside the coop with the feeder in the backround
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    My rooster pen, these guys are about 8 weeks...
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    The urban farm ...
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    Thanks for looking!







     
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  2. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Songster

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    nice coop[​IMG]
     
  3. Wyogirl

    Wyogirl Songster

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    [​IMG]Very NIce!!! What are the dimensions of the little coop??? Maybe my DH can build me one, I am currently housing mine in rabbit cages
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  4. Bearded Farmer

    Bearded Farmer In the Brooder

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    Quote: The whole coop measure 6ft L x 3ft W x 3ft H. The run is 4ft x 3ft and the hen house is 2ft. x 3ft and its all on 1ft stilts

    I will be changing the hen house a little in the spring. I want to make the roof higher so I can install a heat lamp on a thermostat for winter.
     
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  5. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

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    Nice :)
     
  6. Livi

    Livi Chirping

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    Great coop, thanks alot for sharing!
     
  7. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

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    Nice coop! For a male female ratio, you can go as high as1:6. 4:7 is way too many roos. You will have a lot of fighting and hens getting worn out and plucked bald. 2:7 isn't even bad...but I'd move at least 2 more of your roos to the bacholer pad.

    Again, great looking housing!
     
  8. Bearded Farmer

    Bearded Farmer In the Brooder

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    I do need to take more roos out. My plan was to keep 2 roos and as many hens as possible. Now I have 7 to cull! Just need another week or 2 of growth.
     
  9. quailchick

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    Love it! Thanks for sharing! Great coop design. We have ours indoors now, but next year we will build an outdoor coop. I will keep this one in mind!
     
  10. BKquails

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    You have a very nice coop and yard! I have just started keeping quails. They've been laying wonderfully. What do you do in winter?
     

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