Seeking advice on building quail incubators and quail pens in SoCal

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Eva76, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. Eva76

    Eva76 In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2016
    Hello, i was wondering if someone could offer advice on quail pens and incubators....i know some made their own incubators, some bough them, my husband is quite handy and so am i and it would be a great project for kids too...

    We would like to build a separate quail pen and chicken pen and also incubators. Advice is much appreciated, thank you.


    SoCal, Riverside County

  2. bhcarnes

    bhcarnes In the Brooder

    Nov 19, 2016
    Heyo! Coming at you from Los Angeles.

    Cages/pens are pretty easy depending on what specifics you want. My setup basically uses 1/4" hardware cloth bent into a 2'x2'x12" cube and held together with hogrings (J clips work better but I had hogrings on hand). I also built a pretty basic frame from furring strips so it stays off the ground.
    My other pen is a bit more elaborate and uses 2x4's, 2x2 and furring strips to create panels to staple the hardware cloth on. Overall, I like the basic setup a lot more. All you need is some hogrings with pliers (or j clips with pliers), some hardware cloth, and some snips to cut it. Easy peasy lemon squeazy.

    Either way, I highly recommend using the 1/4", at least on the bottom. Not only is it friendlier on the quail's feet but its harder for opossums, raccoons, and rats from reaching in and catching an easy meal. Lost a quail right off the bat from this mistake.

    I just finished putting together a DIY incubator that I have yet to actually put to use. I've tested it and it holds its temp and humidity perfectly though. Just waiting on my boys to get romantic so to speak.
    I got the styrofoam box for free from the seafood department at Costco (Their salmon is shipped in it.) I use a 60 watt bulb in a repurposed lamp socket for the heat source and a pc case fan (modded onto a 12v adapter... super easy) to keep the air circulated. The thermostat I ended up choosing was the Willhi temperature controller. The link is below.

    Anyways, this has been my experience so far. Don't forget to set up a light source on a timer so they get 14-16 hours of light to trigger egg laying and amorous males!

    I'm a beginner myself but I hope some of this is of use!

    Link to thermostat:
  3. bhcarnes

    bhcarnes In the Brooder

    Nov 19, 2016
    Edit... I meant 1/2"x1/2" hardware cloth. 1/4" is too small to let droppings through but any larger than 1/2" is enough to allow things to snag tiny feet and other quail appendages.

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