Shelter For Quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by c0dywhite, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. c0dywhite

    c0dywhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to build a quail pen in the patch of woods by my house to give the quail the natural enviroment & I was wondering what would be the best shelter to put in the own for them?
     
  2. c0dywhite

    c0dywhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    **pen not own** Lol
     
  3. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You'd need to provide a roof for the pen, or something to cover it anyway, just in case it rains or storms or any other bad weather for quail. I just put this cover on-top of my quail's cage during the middle of the day and at night or if it rains, and most of the time they can take in the sunlight if it isn't too hot when the roof's off.

    You can add branches and plants that aren't toxic (I have no idea what's okay for them and whats not, plant wise.) as they love to hide, and they'll most likely huddle together underneath a plant or some type of indoor shelter (even if there is a roof) during the colder nights.
    Putting plants to make it look more natural will give you a really small, but better chance of getting them to become broody (just a little bit), though they've generally lost their instinct for that from being bred so often.

    They don't perch, their toes can't curl around to get a good grip on something, so slim, high branches won't be needed...

    If that's what you mean by shelter.
     
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  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cody, as a word of caution, you may want to do as much as you can to prevent opossum, raccoons, snakes and dogs from getting into your pen. Some of those varmint may see this as a Bobwhite buffet. Once they know they are there, they will frequently return for a snack.
     
  5. Campine

    Campine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got some hollow logs in mine and also a pallet, they like them both.
     
  6. sheds

    sheds Out Of The Brooder

    Ive got perch's in all my cage's that they use alot, 1 inch bamboo stake's. they even sit on the pine branch's. All 7 of my Tennesee reds usually perch all together at night, its cool to see.
     
  7. c0dywhite

    c0dywhite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all for the info! It is very helpful!
     

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