(pic) Is this quail cage too tall?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Pineapple, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Pineapple

    Pineapple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been building this for several weeks. It is 23" tall.

    Today somebody told me that it is too tall for quail.

    I had planned to build it very sturdy so that it would last a long time and I could use it for finches or diamond doves at a later date if I wanted to.

    Do I need to cut it down for quail and forget about finches/doves? If so, to what height?

    How real is the possibility of a bird breaking its neck by hitting the ceiling?
     
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2016
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The possibility is pretty real, but you don't need to cut it down. You can pad the top so they won't get hurt if they boink. Foam rubber works well and you should be able to figure out a way to make it easy to remove.
     
  3. Pineapple

    Pineapple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. I am stupid, so I want to make sure--what exactly do you mean by "foam rubber?"
     
  4. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can staple in some of that orange or green plastic garden/construction fence like you get at HD and TSC as a ceiling below the roof.
     
  6. UniqueQuail

    UniqueQuail Just Hatched

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    My cages I made are that size and the birds are doing great.
     
  7. QuailSoup

    QuailSoup Just Hatched

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    I've been digging around looking at quail runs and the majority of cages are much taller to prevent the birds from hurting themselves, but as DK Newbie said, rubber foam should prevent serious injuries [​IMG] As for the likely hood of the quails getting scared and hurting themselves, it is a factor that is dependent on how tame your quail is but is also partially to do with the breed also, for example, Bobwhites are more susceptible to becoming frightened and boinking than a Coturnix quail (they can still boink too though!)

    Good luck with your quail! [​IMG]
     
  8. eHuman

    eHuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I currently keep mine in 8" tall 2'x3' masonry tubs with 1' tall cages built over them, with 3" of deep litter. They were dust bathing by 5 days old. I just started on my aviary today, it will be 8' deep by 16' wide with a 32" roof overhang where the doors are when it is finished. A wall will separate it into two 8'x8' sectons one for breeders community run and one for meat grow out. The cages will be used for selective breeding and medical/aggression isolation kept on a shelf at the rear.
     
  9. Pineapple

    Pineapple Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all. This is very helpful. I plan to keep Coturnix although I did see some really pretty dark reddish bobwhites recently.
     
  10. mporche

    mporche Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep mine in these.4x10.[​IMG]
     

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