Nesting Boxes v. Slant Cage

Discussion in 'Quail' started by franklinstreetwest, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. franklinstreetwest

    franklinstreetwest Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Urban Jungle
    I just got another pen of quail...6 females and 1 male. While setting up their cage I made some changes to the other cage that I have. I put bathing pans in both pens and have noticed that the hens have started laying exclusively in the bathing pans instead of all over the floor. I was planning to slant my cages so the eggs would roll to the front, but after seeing this behavior I am thinking that nesting boxes might be better for the hens.

    Has anyone else noticed a preference for laying in a specific area as opposed to randomly?
  2. Sill

    Sill Songster

    Dec 30, 2013
    Tempe, AZ
    Yes some of mine will lay in baskets or dust baths. It makes egg collection easier. If you live somewhere cold nest boxes can help them stay warmer.

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