What size / type wire for a quail hutch floor?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by bel, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. bel

    bel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    We just had a sucessful Coturnix hatch in the classroom at my son's school, these guys are ridiculously cute. I'm building a hutch for when they grow up, what size type welded wire is best to use for the floor? (they will have rest areas and dust bathing bins too, but I think a raised wire floor is safest for when they move outdoors due to skunks)
    Thanks,
    bel
     
  2. mhwc56

    mhwc56 Chillin' With My Peeps

    i use 1/2 inch hardware cloth. opossum pulled one of my first babies thru 1 inch chicken wire...take no chances now!
     
  3. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yea! Protect your birds agains predators.

    I try to recycle predators like opossum and coons.

    I feed them to the vultures, after all vultures help to clean environment and they do not charge tax for it.



    And remember that ....
     
  4. Sumatra503

    Sumatra503 Kozy Orchard Farms

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    If you are worried about skunks I would use 1/4" wire for all sides of the cage. This wire is too small for them to get their little hands through.
     
  5. ssbs

    ssbs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use 1/2" mesh that is coated with green PVC
     
  6. katheria

    katheria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use 1/4" hardware cloth
     
  7. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poo does not fall through 1/4 inch wire very easily. 1/2" works better for that. However, some predators might still be a problem.

    Personally, if making a raised cage for outdoor use, and installing a wire bottom, I would ALSO take measures to keep predators from getting under it at all. Enclose the legs in wire, too, as a first defense from predators. Make it where you can remove it, though to clean underneath.
     
  8. katheria

    katheria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:hummm we switched to 1/4 wire, because the corts feet kept falling through the 1/2 " wire when they were younger....
    haven't had any issues with poo not falling through....
     
  9. bel

    bel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your help everyone.
     
  10. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have cages with 1/2 X 1/2 bottoms, and also cages with 1 X 1/2 bottoms. I found out that 1 X 1/2 bottoms are easier on their feet, even though openigs are larger, but diameter of 1 X 1/2 wire is much larger than tiny 1/2 X 1/2 hardclothe wire, so they are more comfortable.

    As for predator protection I keep all my quail cages inside large walk in 7' X 15 ' chain link dog kennel with solid metal roof.

    I keep my coon traps set all the time outside, so an occasional visitor is lured to the bait and trapped after unsuccesful attempt to get to my birds.
     

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