New to Quails and need advice

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Daox13, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    I live in richmond va and I have a smaller sized back yard. I have thought about getting a few Coturnix quail.

    Ok so here are my issues...

    1) I want to get a quail tractor. I know this can be done and I have read about every thread on here about it. The problem is, and it seems to be a common problem, There is extremely mixed views on whether this is a good idea or not. I DO NOT WANT TO PUT THEM IN A SMALL MESH PEN.. I do understand that for proper propagation and safety from predators, however, from what I have read there are many ways to keep the quail safe in a tractor.

    2) Instead of a tractor I have thought about getting a larger coop with a run... What are the props and cons to this? I have also thought of taking on old dresser and or old Bureau and making a small coop...thoughts again?



    3) when you have a nice coop and or tractor to put them in will they need to come in at night? I would prefer to not to have to move them unless it is an extremely cold night, of which we rarely have here.


    4) These quail while they are for eggs and breeding, are more for fun and "pet" status then anything else. I would like them to lay eggs, however I am not looking to make sure they have Optimum production. I just want them to have good lives, entertain me, and feed me from to time.

    5) I would love to see any and all setup pics!!! I learn best from seeing. I am very good with my hands and can build what I need if I have pictures showing me ideas..


    6) I am thinking about what kind of runner to build.. oval roof with PVC piping for support, or a close to the ground one that prevents them from jumping... I plan on making sure the ceiling is soft no matter how tall, to prevent scalping.

    I think I basically just need some form of guidance on what I will need for easy maintenance and a comfortable living space for them.

    Thank you guys for all the help and I look forward to starting this adventure!
     
  2. Catfish267

    Catfish267 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A quail tractor would be hard but maybe possible. All my quail escaped and or got eaten when I tried this method. I would have closed them up at night but they would'nt go inside. My biggest tip is to use at least 1/2" mesh on the sides of the coop/run. I used 1" chicken wire and something reached through and mauled one of my quails. You are going to need to do a lot of trial and error on this project. Good Luck.[​IMG]
     
  3. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH joy.... hahaha

    I was thinking a tractor only because it would easy to clean... just move it and open it and wipe it down.. However I can see your point above them escaping.
    The predator thing I guess i'm a little confused on though... Couldn't you just put heavy duty window screen (the type meant for dogs) on the outside to prevent reaching paws from coming in? I have a bunch of that stuff due to me using it on an indoor aviary for some diamond doves and finches... Plus a few male button quails (in the future).
     
  4. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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  5. USAmma

    USAmma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's my setup. It works great! I did have one escape when I was cleaning and my [email protected]#$ chihuahua was right there and got one of them. :-( But other than that, it's working great. I have them on deep litter now. The wire bottom hurt their feet.

    Just to clarify in case the photo is confusing, I put boards down and then newspaper and then hay on top of that. The poo and hay mostly stays in the cage and does not fall through. What you see in the bins is extra hay and papers and food and stuff. They used to catch the poo when they were on wire. I have the plastic tarp on top that I can throw down in bad weather. We don't have a back porch shelter yet (working on that).

    Most of them lay their eggs in the nest boxes. They are all very happy and although I got them for eggs, they have now become pets.

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  6. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Goslings are precious!

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    Very nice! I wondered how well those little coops would work, great idea~
     
  7. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love that! Awesome idea!
     
  8. Daox13

    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    . Did you buy your coop?
     
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    Daox13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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