Quail housing?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chickenlips1954, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. chickenlips1954

    chickenlips1954 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I rescued a newly hatched wild quail chick two weeks ago and have since bought two other quail chicks to keep it company. Right now I have them housed in a large rubbermaid container with food, water and heat, but what do I use for permanent housing? I have full size chickens and bantys, so I know how to care for and house those girls and boys, but not sure what to do with quail. Any help or suggestions would sure be appreciated! I live in Northern Idaho, so we get snowy winters and hot summers.
     
  2. injunjoe

    injunjoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am also needing ideas for quail cages.
    I am thinking about building the roll out type.
    Good luck with the little critters.
    I look forward to seeing others answers.
     
  3. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    First off are you sure the chicks are all the same speicies of quail? Quail dont usually get along if different speicies are kept together. Some people have acomplished this however but by keeping their birds in large...planted aviaries.
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  4. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people use rabbit hutches with the hardwire cloth bottom. Works quite well. Just keep an eye out for rabbit hutches on your local Craigslist or use the search feature on BYC to look at other people's designs. We had a thread or two on it, not too long ago, with pictures and everything.

    -Kim
     
  5. chickenlips1954

    chickenlips1954 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for your suggestions. I'm going back and forth between a tractor style or hutch of some kind. I believe my chicks are all the same kind. They look exactly alike and got along the minute I put them together.
     
  6. blue90292

    blue90292 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2007
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    sam, do you have to trim the quails nails if you keep them in cages like that? my serama's are in cages like that and require their nails to be trimmed.
     
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any bird(or animals for that matter) would need their nails trimmed when kept in cages with a wire bottom. My quail won't live long enough for me to worry about it.

    -Kim
     
  8. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    I personally havent noticed...but as far as I can tell they dont. They have a section in that cage of shavings and wood for scratching...I will have to remember to look at that when I go out.
     
  9. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you keep them in there through the winter?
     
  10. SamG347

    SamG347 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2007
    PA
    Plan on it!
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