What flooring do I use?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Schroeder, Dec 17, 2009.

  1. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm making a hutch from http://suburbansustainability.com/tag/quail-hutch/ for coturnix.

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    What should I use for the floor of the shelters? I'm using coated 1/2x1/2 inch hardware cloth generally. I'm sure maintenance would be easier with wire floors, but the shelters would not be weatherproof. If I put a solid floor (linoleum on wood) in them will I be sorry because of the cleanup required? Will they use the shelters at all in the summer if they have solid floors?
     
  2. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    We're Talkin About Flooring In The Nestbox Area Right? I'd Use The 1/2 Inch Hardware Cloth Throughout, But If You're Concerned About It Getting Too Cold Make A Removeable Plywood Insert That You Can Put In Or Take Out At Your Desire--- Plus If Its Removeable Cleanup Will Be Easier [​IMG]
     
  3. Byrdj

    Byrdj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go with the wire floor. Not only will you regret the cleanup required, but it will be more sanitary and the eggs will be cleaner.
     
  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry I Should Have Been A Lil More Specific--- Line The Whole Hutch Floor With Hardware Cloth, Then Make Your Plywood Floor So It Will Just Sit On Top Of (be Suspended By, If You Will?) The Hardware Cloth Thats Already Installed Permanently...
     
  5. Schroeder

    Schroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Sounds like a good solution. The best of both. Thanks.
     

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