Quail House + Fence

I’m excited to share this new quail house, it’s bigger and stationary. I’ve been working on this project for the last couple of months and after careful planning I finally have the first section completed.


This concept is the first set of an 8 ft x 16 ft extension.  I plan to add a second and possibly more to create a quail house that can also work as a fence.

With all my farm chores I got tired of moving around the mobile coop so decided it was time to lighten my work load. Today I’m going to explain how this coop will work while still providing a natural environment for the quail.

 The House and Fence Concept

This is a field that we’re currently revamping; we planted Luffa here on a large scale at one time.  The new quail house is almost smack middle of this 2 acre space.

Eventually we could build several of these quail houses that are all connected to the end of our field. This would allow the coops to work as a fence divider in conjunction with a place to house the quail.

I haven’t decided if I’ll actually go this far with the house, this all kind of depends on if I plan to grow our flock.

How This House Works!

Raising birds naturally is of great importance.  Watching animals thrive in free range environment is the best.  This concept allows for more room and the opportunity to fly.

Square Footage

Each house set up is going to end up being 8 ft. x 16 ft. and approximately 4 ft. I can still get inside to gather eggs, change water and feed.  Standing up won’t be an option which is something to think about if you’re thinking of a house similar to this.

Two Doors

The doors are important; there is one outside for your access to provide food and water and gather eggs.  The inside door will be used to move the birds to the next house after it has been added.

This system is very similar to rotational grazing but it’s designed for birds. The quail will live on one side for a couple weeks and then be move to the other side giving the first house a chance to rest.

The more houses you have the more coop space has the opportunity to rest and recover.  This system is good for the land and will keep your quail from turning the ground into dirt.  They will also be healthier because they’re always on clean ground.

Chicken Wire

I chose chicken wire as frame so bugs can still fly in. I made sure to line the bottom with pine fence boards providing additional protection and baby quail cannot escape. Those boards go all around the bottom base of this house.

This house is a very sturdy option with many 2 x 4 cross pieces providing support for a strong structure.  A house like this is another good option for raising quail on the ground.

Stationary Quail Run can also work as a fence wall

11 comments

  1. Hi, I agree there's lots to do on four acres, much more than most new to homesteading realize. Most family farms in the country are run on four acres or less. I have a question: I'm wondering what you're going to use for shade for the pens? That's another point that is missed sometimes when folks begin homesteading for the first time. They don't realize that all birds must have shade. Looking forward to your next installment on the pen.

    1. I'm so glad you asked about shade – I'm covering shade shelter this Thursday. This was already a pretty long post and my shelter post will involve a how to build as well. One of the things I've enjoyed about starting with a small farm is it allowed my husband and I to see space in a different light. Utilizing space correctly is huge and I plan to write more about this as time moves on because correct planning can save thousands of dollars. I think sometimes new homesteaders let their excitement win before serious planning takes place. I can relate, starting to fast can not only waste space but establish quick burnout. It's a learning lesson I guess. Thanks for stopping to share! -Carole

  2. Patty Sumner says:

    Hey Carole, so happy to visit with you. I am so glad you stopped by my blog.. One of my dreams..bucket list things is to have a chicken coop..lol.. I know.. yes, it is on my bucket list…lol. I am following along with you.. Going now to read other post from you.. Blessings!

    1. Bucket lists dreams and goals – they're fantastic and I love that you shared that. Thanks for following that's neat I will do the same. Really enjoyed that post – remember it will be featured this coming Tuesday. Have a Great rest of the weekend. -Carole

    2. Patty Sumner says:

      Thanks Carole.. My computer has been on the outs.. just getting it up and running today. I am definitely checking out the Tuesdays with a twist posts.. Blessings!

  3. Great post. I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

    1. Well I just stopped by and linked up this post. Hope you have a Great weekend and thanks for the invite. -Carole

  4. Thanks for sharing! We just built a fence for our rabbits, sort of similar to your quail cage, but I wished I had read this first! The grass where our rabbits are has already been eaten or flattened and your idea of being able to rotate where the animals are would have fixed that. I might have to think about that fence some more….

    1. Also remember Rabbits like to dig trenches, I hope your set up went underground. Depending on the size of what you built you might be able to add a wall inside to allow rotations. Thanks for stopping by to share and I hope my comments were helpful. Have a Great weekend! -Carole

  5. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

    1. Thanks for stopping by to share. Glad you enjoyed this post. -Carole

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