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.

  2. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    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.

  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    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 Songster

    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?

  7. jamesrm

    jamesrm Featherbrained, at best!

    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 In the Brooder

    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 Songster

    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 In the Brooder

    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.

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