1. Owlonthewing

    Owlonthewing Member Premium Member

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    Just thought I would give an update on our Quails.
    We originally had 8 quail. We gave 2 to my daughter and kept 6 then hatched another 33 in the incubator.
    I then had the problem of how to house them all.
    I had read an article about using mesh to make a dome shape. So I joined 2 together and anchored them with sleepers at the bottom.
    I found other bits and pieces to make a door and used some corrugated iron around 2 sides just for protection from the wind. I have since added some shade cloth as well.
    I attached heavy gauge chicken wire to all sides and both ends to prevent predators from entering and also to stop the quail from escaping.
    I put down a pallet and rested a 44 gallon drum on it with straw in it to protect them from the weather. They don't use the drum much but often lay under the drum. So I added an old bread crate and raised it up off the ground. They love it.
    This is all under a small gum tree for a bit of shade in the summer and protected from the hot wind.
    I have noticed that the quail drink a lot of water.
    I put a very small zip tie on one leg of each of the older quail so that I know the difference as I intend to sell some of the second lot.
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  2. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

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    Nicely done! What a great use of recycled materials :)
     
  3. Philip Adamson

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    Looks good, I'm just starting. Just got some babies in the brooder and finishing my coop.
     
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