Quail Aviary 2.0

Discussion in 'Quail' started by le_bwah, Mar 21, 2019.

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  1. le_bwah

    le_bwah Songster

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    Immediately after finishing construction on the aviary, I started designing an expansion. It started small, just a brooder or a breeding pen. But then "quail math" struck—I realized it's not a matter of if I'll get more quail, but when. The more I thought about it, the more inadequate the current arrangement seemed.

    The final design I landed on increases the square footage by 300%. Not super huge, but it seemed pie-in-the-sky, more fun to think about than anything—until my parents offered to help me build it as a graduation gift.

    So now it's happening. Aviary 2.0 is going up!
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    Footprint is 8x12 ft. The yard has a slight slope around the midpoint, so getting everything level wasn't as easy this time around. This spot will actually get sunlight and has enough room for planting—I'm hoping to encourage natural behavior in the birds.

    I plan on putting together an article with the plans/specs if the design works out.
     
  2. Crazydoglady99

    Crazydoglady99 Crowing

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    :lau:lau:lau quail math :gig:gig:gig
     
  3. le_bwah

    le_bwah Songster

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    It's a real phenomenon! There are so many colors to "collect" and setting eggs is so easy—I've resolved to let my girls have a go hatching their own (if they will) before I hatch out any more myself.
     
  4. AnotherKim

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    That's pretty cool!
     
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  5. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

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    Your birds are very lucky. They'll love having all that space. Quail are awesome little birds and they are such sweet babies - it's always so tempting to hatch more.
     
  6. mixedUPturk

    mixedUPturk Loves Hatching

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    Very nice! Congrats grad! Ill be following to watch progress dont mind my lurking:pop
     
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  7. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    1d4c21e6_smilies-3434.png Grad! What a nice gift from your folks! I hope you'll post pics of the inside! I love seeing ours running around in our garden every day.
     
  8. le_bwah

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    Stain's dry. I know I could do it once the thing's assembled, but it's super satisfying to stain individual boards.

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    Most of the shorter stuff is leftover from the last project. Only had to go to one Home Depot to find decently-straight 12' boards. Ripped some of the 2x6 into 2x3-ish dimensions to match the current structure.

    I plan on painting/Rustoleum-ing the lower half of the hardware cloth this time around. The current cloth is wearing faster where the dog sniffs along the perimeter :rolleyes: and it needs some support. Anyone here done it successfully/any clue how long it holds up?
     
  9. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

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    Your dog is wearing hardware cloth down with his nose? What breed is he, cyborg?
     
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  10. Lady_Bat

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    Please keep us in the loop/post an update on the painted hardware cloth in the future!! I'd love to know how that holds up compared to not painted.
     

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