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Discussion in 'Quail' started by aliena614, Jun 5, 2008.
I need some ideas for my new bob whites! Anyone want to share?
I don't have any pictures yet. I am getting 60 quail and 50 pheasant next friday. I am going to be building my flight pens with 2" PVC. The PVC will be 30' long and form an arch making the pen 15' wide with about a 12' center. It has been in the high 90's all week and suppose to be in the 100's tomorrow and thru the weekend, so I am not sure I will get much done.
thaqnks ray! keep me posted!
SAM! That is almost the same as mine! Sweet! I didnt think it would work! Have you had any chicks yet?
This guy I bought some birds off of has a lot of his pens like this.
Other than for hospital, transport or brooders, I prefer not to use wire-bottom cells for birds. Some alternatives to wire bottoms -
The aviary above housed Gambel Quail with Finches & Lovebirds. The mesh was hardware cloth for the finches, which did break when the first heavy snow came that first year it was built. Repairs forced movement of the quail (finches were already inside), aviary is 16 wide, 16 long, 8 high. An adjustment for those without finches, use hardware cloth along the bottom 36" to keep snakes out & parent reared chicks in and 1" chicken mesh around the rest.
Some examples of plants in an aviary.
2 male button quail near a feeding station in a ground aviary.
This aviary belongs to a friend of mine who keeps his Bobwhite on the ground, year-round. Here he added raked leaves to the aviary and the birds spent many days scratching and picking at the leaves. Great enrichment!!
I have been criticized for this by others in the "game bird world" , but totally feel and will always promote & encourage, that the birds in our care - particularly wild galliformes - need to be kept in aviaries that enrich their quality of life and simulate their natural environs as much as possible. Good sanitation is a part of good husbandry, with it, you will not have the disease problems that the wire jails are used to prevent.
This is my quail house. It's a modified "Playhouse" coop.
I'm actually in the process of expanding the run portion out on the backside by about 8ft. (It's just toooooo dang hot out there to bet messing with a tin roof right now!) The new addition will be right on the ground where the older part has a wire bottom which has been covered with about 6 inches of dirt. Once a week I go in with my shuffle hoe and turn everything under. There will be a foot&half of wire extening out from the bottom to stop preditors from crawling under.
More pictures as I get it done
I havent hatched any quail from my own birds yet...but plan to possibly. Once I have egg orders filled. I would love to give my birds a ground pen but I simply dont have the space. I might however move my quail into a ground pen in the winter...but the home they are in now is good for any type of weather!
Are they winter hardy? I didn't think I could keep my quail outside, especially in Jan/Feb when it's -20 to -30°F. Do you all keep your quail outside yearround?