Quail Coop Design options verses necessities?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by PressOn, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. PressOn

    PressOn In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    Woods Cross Utah
    Should quail nest boxes be always on the ground?

    Should quail nests have night covers to keep quail from sleeping in them?

    What breeds of quail need a flight pen, and what breeds need a limited height ceiling?

    What breeds of quail use perches and what breeds do not?

    Should you use Rabbit Mesh on the bottom of the whole coop?

    Coop cover and wind break, four season states verses no winter states?

    Do you have any easy clean tips other than use Rabbit mesh on the bottom?

    Has anyone tried low to ground quail coops with grass growing up though the Bottom?

    Dust Boxes, do all breads need them? Are they a nice extra or a necessity?

    Two or three story pens with Rabbit Mesh floor on each level? What is your opinion?

    Food and water space, do all birds need to be able to access at the same time?

    Should you have wind break on one side, two sides, three sides, three point five sides? Or everywhere but the bottom?

    Minimum amount of square feet / quail? Please answer this breed specific!

    Number of quail per nesting box?

    Do any of your state extension offices have a good article on this subject? I love extension office sites.

    How high off the ground should you have the bottom of the pen, and why?

    Are there any disadvantages to tractor style coops other than predator, and pest control?

    Do fully feathered chicks need to be separated from adults? What are some reasons to compartmentalize your coop to separate the birds?

    I am going to build a great coop for Jumbo Brown Coturnix, this is going to be a lot of fun. Thank you in advance for being a part of my quail coop construction.
  2. bfrancis

    bfrancis Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Wow, tons of questions...it's great you are asking before you get them. Since you said that you are going to build a coop for Coturnix, I'll answer in bold with ONLY coturnix in mind. There are lots of differences for the different breeds, unfortunately, it's not a one size fits all.

    The stickies are a great source of info too.

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  3. redamber

    redamber Hatching

    Apr 6, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    This is very helpful!
  4. Shoshannah1993

    Shoshannah1993 Hatching

    Apr 15, 2013
    Any updates? Pictures?
  5. PressOn

    PressOn In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    Woods Cross Utah
    I made it according to my planned dimentions but I have it set up for as a chicken Brooding coop. I am thinking of turning my chicken coop into a Coturnix coop, and making a new home for the hens.
  6. ukrkoz

    ukrkoz Chirping

    Aug 30, 2014
    Reviving an old thread....
    I am starting quail coop in ten days. We right now have 2 families, five each, one in a basic large ground box with most of it covered in clear plastic panels/plastic mesh and one is our first chicken coop we bought in a store. A two story coop with "ground level" and ladder up into nesting boxes. Removable floor for maintenance.
    So we are expecting about 10 more quails - yes, one of our hens is sitting on quail eggs as I type. She already did it once, all good.
    Question. I want to add 2nd floor with several nesting boxes. Is that something against their nature? Ones in the store coop do lay eggs in nesting boxes and run up and down all the time, we keep food in both places - but night time, they have to be ushered upstairs with a little stick. They almost wait for one of us to show up and "encourage" them to go up - then they quickly line up the ladder and nest themselves in the boxes.
    With winter coming, I can make upper level insulated and warm. But is it something they simply don't want to have - climbing up - and prefer to stay in a "rambler"? I can make a large ground level box, less work anyway.

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