Quail wire floor sizing help

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chicken_angler, May 12, 2010.

  1. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    I am needing help choosing the right size wire floor for my quail.Right now I have Coturnix quail. I currently have a 1/4 inch floor for them but their droppings dont fall through too well. If i go with 1/2 inch floor, will they get their legs stuck? I have a lot of 1/2 inch wire and I need to build a bigger flight pen for them.

    Thanks!
    Cody!!
     
  2. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,799
    14
    209
    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    I am using 1/2 X 1 1/2" my Bobs walk on it OK but the droppings still sometimes hangup the coturnix take a little getting used to it at first . I have been putting mine out at about 4 weeks
     
  3. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Cool! I am glad I can use the 1/2 b/c it is a lot cheaper here.

    Thanks!
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    23,381
    37
    351
    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    My coturnix have 1/2" by 1" wire on their floors and don't get their legs stuck [​IMG]
     
  5. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,212
    12
    163
    Mar 11, 2010
    Mecca, CA
    My Coop
    Agree 1/2 will be perfect, it's big enough for the droppings to fall throu but small enough so they won't get their feet stuck, I have 2 week old coturnix on 1/2 and never had a problem with them getting their feet stuck.
     
  6. chicken_angler

    chicken_angler Coop Constructist

    Jun 23, 2008
    a house
    Cool. Also, what age can I bring my Coturnix chicks outside without heat anymore? They are just over three weeks old now. Will they lay in a week or two?

    Cody!!
     
  7. jamesrm

    jamesrm Featherbrained, at best!

    156
    0
    129
    Mar 26, 2008
    White House, TN
    I put my Bobs on 1/2 in after 1 week, Controux are so large you could probably as soon as they are dry, but I give them a week on paper regardless.
     
  8. TheMerryYeoman

    TheMerryYeoman Out Of The Brooder

    10
    1
    24
    Feb 27, 2010
    Wilmington, Ohio
    Is this ok for the babies (coturnix)? it seems large but would be awesome if it isn't too big as I have it available and seems easy to clean. (1/2" x 1")
     
  9. veggiecanner

    veggiecanner Chillin' With My Peeps

    384
    14
    101
    May 8, 2013
    Just put Texas A&M's on 1/2 x 1 wire today at 14 days. Had them in a fish tank. Cleaning every day got to be more than I wanted to do with every one else to take care of.
    Put jumbo Browns out inside a shed at 17 days with no light. I wrapped a wire rabbit cage witth 1 inch chicken wire for them.
     
  10. thegoatpacker

    thegoatpacker Out Of The Brooder

    43
    0
    32
    May 17, 2013
    All the cages I use have spacing in the floor that is too big for my Coturnix so I use 1/2 inch plastic to line the floors with great results. Poop goes through-with a little help from foot pressure-and no foot problems.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by