Raised Quail Cage/Hutch
Keeping quail for eggs and meat isn't as popular in western society as keeping chickens but many people don't realise just how much easier than chickens it can be to farm quail small scale in the backyard.
My showcase is of my quail cage/hutch which is raised off the ground by using the frame of an old children's swing set. I've used recycled materials where I can including the base frame and mesh where the hutches are mounted. Even the tarp (draped over at night) is a hand down from my grandfather and is over 30 years old!
Purchases - I purchased the guinea pig hutches from eBay pretty cheap flat packed and they were easy enough to assemble. Also, the nipple drinkers were bought from eBay (German made good quality) and the actual water container is a standard plastic box I fitted with taps/hose all were bought from my local hardware (Bunnings). Oh yeah, I needed a whole bunch of zip ties too.
Base and hutches - Basically, the wire mesh base acts as a mess free floor with the 10 x 10 mil squares allowing for poop to fall through onto the ground or to a collection area below. The 4 x hutches act as the shelter and contain the quail and I personally wouldn't fit more than 10 birds per hutch. I sometimes throw some straw in the hutches for the quail to play with.
Feeders can be held within the hutch but I modified the sides on all but one of the hutches and placed a home made pvc feeder on the outside. This allows for more space on the inside of the hutches and keeps the quail from messing up their feed.
Drinker - The drinker system is simply gravity fed with the 30 ltr water container situated central and above with a tap on either end attached to irrigation hose. The hose is weaved through the top of the hutches and has a drinker nipple attached about every 15 cms.
More about how it works in the next tab (top)...
You can get the hutches on eBay there's tons of them and the prices are reasonable.
Edit: Here's a video I made about the Quail stand
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