Question regarding space

Discussion in 'Quail' started by animal8, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. animal8

    animal8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have found a rabbit cage that is roughly 3 ft. X 2ft. X1.6 ft. It's one of those ones with a plastic tray and wire top. Will this be a suitable amount of space for 4-5 Japanese quail hens? I want to know what is the minimum amount of space I can use. Would they be alright in there?
     
  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:i find that 1 sq.ft. that's recommended for Coturnix(japanese quail) works well. they don't feel too crowded so they don't fighth too much. That being said, 5 birds in 6 sq.ft. is a very good space allowance for the birds you wish to house.[​IMG]

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  3. animal8

    animal8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i find that 1 sq.ft. that's recommended for Coturnix(japanese quail) works well. they don't feel too crowded so they don't fighth too much. That being said, 5 birds in 6 sq.ft. is a very good space allowance for the birds you wish to house.[​IMG]

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    Thanks!! I want to keep my birds inside, but there's not much room in our house and my mum would be annoyed if I set up a huge cage in my room [​IMG] My other option was to have a rabbit hutch set up outside which would require a lot of cleaning. A lot of people tell me to just keep them on wire if they're outside, but I don't know how I would modify a rabbit hutch to have a wire floor and I don't think I could build my own cage. (I haven't seen anywhere that sells rabbit hutches with wire bottoms either)
     
  4. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:i find that 1 sq.ft. that's recommended for Coturnix(japanese quail) works well. they don't feel too crowded so they don't fighth too much. That being said, 5 birds in 6 sq.ft. is a very good space allowance for the birds you wish to house.[​IMG]

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    Thanks!! I want to keep my birds inside, but there's not much room in our house and my mum would be annoyed if I set up a huge cage in my room [​IMG] My other option was to have a rabbit hutch set up outside which would require a lot of cleaning. A lot of people tell me to just keep them on wire if they're outside, but I don't know how I would modify a rabbit hutch to have a wire floor and I don't think I could build my own cage. (I haven't seen anywhere that sells rabbit hutches with wire bottoms either)

    just know that if you are keeping them inside you will want to clean their cage at least every other day to keep the odor manageable .
    Outside cages are easy to make. even i can do it..LOL... You make a wood frame...picture the basic line drawn squares that kids use to draw a "house" or a box..add longer lines at the corners for the legs... with a plywood top and wrap the whole thing in 1/2 inch hardware cloth ..that's all that's needed. Oh yah, and a door might be helpful. LOL
    either way, inside or out , Coturnix are greatly enjoyable !
     
  5. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i find that 1 sq.ft. that's recommended for Coturnix(japanese quail) works well. they don't feel too crowded so they don't fighth too much. That being said, 5 birds in 6 sq.ft. is a very good space allowance for the birds you wish to house.[​IMG]

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    +1... I think this would be a fine quail ShaQ! If its got a wire floor and plastic poop tray underneath, you can use it inside or outsire either...A roof can be as simple as a rubber mat that you fold up or down as needed..... Check this out... I think predators culd be a real issue if your not careful, but it could work...

     

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