Rate my Coturnix Coop?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Maxwell Schmidt, Nov 22, 2017.

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  1. Maxwell Schmidt

    Maxwell Schmidt Just Hatched

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    Hey Everyone,
    Im fairly new to raising quail but its been a lot of fun so far. I'm just looking for some feedback on my set up thus far and maybe what looks good and any recommendations . Ive got a small covey of coturnix (2 male 8 female) that seem to be pretty happy in their coop which is 3'x6'x16" tall. one Third of the coop is covered and insulated on all sides with a 75w ceramic heater bulb that kicks on any time the temp dips below -5c (23f). the outside 2/3rds is chicken wire all around with 1/3rd covered just on top. They've got a dirt bath (sand, diatomaceous earth and oyster shell) as well as a 100w bulb that kicks on at dusk to give them 15h of light and a little extra warmth. There are 2 water dispensers and 2 feeders with duck starter (20%protein) + ground fish food, mealworms and seeds to boost protein. at some point I'd like to get into hatching and raising chicks but all in due time.

    let me know what you think! thanks for any feedback.
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  2. EarthboundEiniosaurus

    EarthboundEiniosaurus Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks great to me! :thumbsup
     
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  3. Mylied

    Mylied Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks very nice to me. :) If you have stray dogs or anything like that, be careful using chicken wire. They can tear through that no problem. Hardware cloth is more secure. Other than that 10!
     
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  4. NevilChick

    NevilChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like the lamps on timers for temp. and the dust bath. I just watched a video on here of a raccoon trying to get someone's quail. I don't know how far off of the ground your pen is, but that would be a big concern with the wire...previous comment. I use hardware cloth also with most of mine, but had a possum or raccoon chewing through it because it was low. Those little critters have sharp teeth. Good luck with raising quail. I absolutely love them!
     
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  5. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks nice. Other than agreeing with the previous comments regarding using chicken wire, the only thing I would add is hiding places or things to go under. Mine love the big branch I cut off a pine tree and the little 'boxes' I made from scrap wood. It will really help come spring time when the males' hormones start revving up for mating so they aren't always in each other's line of sight.
     
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  6. Peckadoodle

    Peckadoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a coop...it's a palace. Quail are such lovely birds, and am sure the little ones appreciate the warmth. Agree with advice given, as they do like hiding places.
     
  7. TLC Mini Farm

    TLC Mini Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking good! My only idea is to use a larger sandbox. I have 8 quails and I use a cat litter pan. I find they like to be in there together for a communal bath. I agree with the others regarding the hardware cloth and I love the auto light!
     
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  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Along the lines of what Lomine suggested, you might add some fake foliage or branches. I used to use fake Christmas trees for brush cover in the aviaries. Quail love to linger and hang out under brush. They feel very secure with brush and it keeps them from flushing up, they would rather dive for cover then go up.

    Great set up!! :)
     
  9. Susannah4040

    Susannah4040 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Lovely little flock
     
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  10. User51213

    User51213 New Egg

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    rats,racoons and other predator will love your setup.
     
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