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New quail pen

by Heidi on November 23rd, 2009
 
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I was feeling very unhappy with our quail accommodations, they were not big enough for the number of adult birds we have, or at least they weren’t big enough as far as I am concerned – I don’t really care much for what the agricultural industry considers is adequate space for livestock.

During the summer a large pet store near us was closing down and had some very nice price reductions as a result. We picked up two pens that are made up of 8 2ft wide by 4ft high panels. We don’t consider these big enough for the dogs we have, but they have proved very useful as temporary accommodations for broody hens, hens with chicks, and as quail pens.

When it came to rethinking our quail accommodations I knew there was no money to spend, so I needed to work with materials we already had here. I liked the dog pen for them, but as a 4ft by 4ft square it just wasn’t big enough, even with them split between the two pens. Although it is said they only need 1 square foot per bird.

I knew that the pens panels could be unattached so I was considering attaching the two together to make one big pen. Then it struck me that as we always have the pen in the corner we were essentially wasting panels against walls.

We started with one pen and using fencing pegs attached it to the wall, as we reached it around we soon realised that we would only need to use the one, well Steve did, I was all for giving them a huge space! But it is much better having just used one, as it means we still have the other pen for broody hens or sick ducks or whatever else comes up.

New quail pen

We found some old wood to put around the bottom to stop the pen moving about, it also stops them from kicking all the shavings out. We knew we didn’t have enough old window screens to cover the top and it would be pretty tricky balancing them anyway. So instead we dug out a roll of garden netting, stapled it to the ceiling so it hangs like curtains down the side of the pen.

We have added some logs and little bark lean-to’s which they seem to enjoy, and I am trying to figure out how I can get some shrubs or something in there for them. They do seem to enjoy the new space and often fly about in there.

Coturnix quail

We have had a couple of escapes, they fly into the netting and then slip down between the netting and the outside of the pen. But I figure I can fix this easily enough by loosely threading string to tie the netting to the pen where it meets.

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  1. great plan! the new pen looks great – everyone loves a happy quail!

    Comment by Emily — November 23, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

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