one Large Pen

Discussion in 'Quail' started by willow_lane, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. willow_lane

    willow_lane Out Of The Brooder

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    As my hatching date approaches I seem to have more and more questions. LOL

    I was thinking about building a couple of pens (2X3) or (2X4) How many coturnix can I safely store in each? Would it be a problem if I have more than one male in a pen?

    Also for next spring I am hoping to house my quail in an existing pen we have on the farm . We used it as a corn crib, then converted it to house chickens. It does not have any enclosures and is 15'L X 4'W X 6' H. It has 1/2" hardware cloth for the walls and floor. I am hoping to house around 30 qual in that pen. Again does it matter if there is a mixture of males and females?

    Thanks
     
  2. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
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    We were getting eggs from 3 out of 4 pens and sporadically getting a egg out of a fourth. Finally looked closer nd we had 2 males and 2 females. The extra male went into the supper pen and that breeding pen started laying almost immediately.
    It seems the females were too stressed to lay with more then one male.
     
  3. willow_lane

    willow_lane Out Of The Brooder

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    I am not really worried about egg production. I am more concerned with the quail fighting.
     
  4. macnugget

    macnugget Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have 12 to 14 in each 2 X3 pen and I have no problems
     
  5. canter6

    canter6 Cooped up

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    I currently do 2x4 pens with the ability to subdivide into 2-2x2 pens. Light load on a 2x2 is 4 birds, Optimal. Heavy load is 6-8.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    It is okay to have more than one male in each pen, provided there are at least 4 females per male, and they all get along. A 2x3 cage would hold 6 birds (going by the 2 sq. ft. per bird recommendation), but would probably house 8-10 very comfortably. I have one cage that is 2 1/2 x 3, and I had 12 birds in there at one time, no fighting. There were 2 males and 10 females. I eventually had to remove a few females cause the other females were picking on them.
    Then the 2x4 pen would be okay for 8, if going by the recommended 1 sq. ft. rule, but would probably be fine for at least 12 birds, probably more like 15. Coturnix are normally very easy-going, and get along with each other well for the most part. Again, just be sure there are at least 4 females per male and you should be fine.
     
  7. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were getting eggs from 3 out of 4 pens and sporadically getting a egg out of a fourth. Finally looked closer nd we had 2 males and 2 females. The extra male went into the supper pen and that breeding pen started laying almost immediately.
    It seems the females were too stressed to lay with more then one male.

    yes but you had two females to two males.​
     

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