What do you use for quail nesting boxes??

Discussion in 'Quail' started by jackrooster, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. jackrooster

    jackrooster Songster

    Jan 17, 2010
    What do you all use for your quail nesting boxes?? I have contix quail and i need some laying boxes ..........picture would be nice thanks
  2. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

    May 29, 2010
    Dunnville, Ky.
    I took mine out and took some pics. then put it back in and took some more pics... hope this helps. No need to put hay in them, they won't leave it in there!



  3. _Randall_

    _Randall_ Songster

    Nov 3, 2009
    Grenada, Ms
    I chose not to build nesting boxes for mine. They just lay on the 1/2" wire mesh with no problem. I think the birds I've seen at some other folks' setups with nesting boxes built in the pen think it's more of a restroom than a place to lay eggs. Eggs are much cleaner just laying on the wire.
  4. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

    May 29, 2010
    Dunnville, Ky.
    Quote:Your right!! If I build another one, I'll leave out the bottom board... Just use the wire floor for the eggs to set on. The reason I like to build these is it gives them a place to hide from the other ones! There is always a bully in the group and these help with that!
  5. Colonel77

    Colonel77 Chirping

    Mar 10, 2010
    Glasgow, MO
    My big quail pen has 1/2" hardware cloth and it has a 3" drop from back to front so the eggs roll to the front. They are easy to reach that way and stay clean and out of the quail's way.
  6. Quail_Cottage

    Quail_Cottage In the Brooder

    Feb 6, 2010
    SF Peninsula
    I have a colony pen and they have sandy floor with hay I replace each week. I put plants in for them to hide behind and flowerpots turned on their sides and buried a little for them too. Some gals lay every day in the same pot and others dig a little nest depression in the sand behind plants, line it with hay and lay their eggs in there. One digs right in front of the door and the corner and I have to be careful not to tread on her egg. Others are lazy and use a depression one of the others has made. Often I have to move a roo out the way to get the eggs as they are sitting on them.
  7. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Songster

    May 24, 2010
    In my cages I designed them with a small "room". The cages are completely open on all sides but on one end there is a box that is 12in high with a slanted roof that opens. The quail seem to lay well for me in there and not all over the place like they did in other cages I used.
  8. peewee

    peewee Songster

    Sep 25, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Mine are in a large planted flight. I use the hamster igloos and my birds just love them.

  9. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    Peewee, very cool looking pen.
  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I use a very very small card board box w/ a square hole cut in the side. It's very private so the female can feel safe. But .. she never uses it! LOL [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Will get a picture up in a minute ...

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