pen size for 10-12 laying quail?

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  1. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all.
    would like to know how big a cage should be for 10-12 laying quail.
    they will be on wire floors.

    also what is a good height for the pens?

    i need a to have a few 100 birds so minimal size is best.

    any help would be good.

    cheers youri.
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    These are coturnix? I've got 12 in a 2' x 4' cage, and there is plenty of room for more. They only need 12 inches in height, and supposedly 1 sq. ft. per bird. You can get away with more like 1/2 sq. ft., probably more like 3/4.
     
  3. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes coturnix.
    how many do you think i can fit in a 2X2 cage?

    cheers youri.
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The most I would do is 6, which should be all right. Though I've had 6 in a cage that size that did fight, but I've also had 6 in a cage that size that didn't. It really depends on the individuals.

    I wouldn't do more than 6 though, just to be safe [​IMG]
     
  5. darkfur

    darkfur Chillin' With My Peeps

    you could do up to 5 or 6 but you could only have one male
     
  6. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:there would not be any males.
    this is just for layers.
    not fertile eggs.
     
  7. youridreezen

    youridreezen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:so you say that i can half 2-3 quails to a sq ft.

    and then you say no more them 6 in a 4 sq ft pen.[​IMG][​IMG]

    cheers youri.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Actually, I said you could get away with 1/2 sq. ft. per bird, but I changed that to 3/4 sq. ft. per bird. 3/4 sq. ft. per bird would be 5 [​IMG]

    I think only allowing 1/2 sq. ft. per bird is a bit low, but 1 sq ft. is more than enough. They don't need quite that much space, but it depends a lot on the individual birds' personalities.

    3/4 sq ft per bird would be 1 1/4 bird per square foot [​IMG]
     
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  9. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    A good bit of it also depends on the overall size of the cage. You'd be able to fit 200 birds in a 10'x10' horse stall without any issues. Obviously, you wouldn't really want to put one in a .75'x.75' "cage".
     
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  10. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:I agree, I was thinking of putting that myself, but it didn't make sense the way I was going to say it [​IMG]
    The 2x4 cage I have seems a lot bigger than twice the size of the 2x2 cage. I would put more birds in the 2x4 cage than what it already has, the 2x2's get 6 at the most, but usually 5. I just eyeball it, if they look like they are stepping on each other each time they turn around, there are too many birds in the cage [​IMG]
     
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