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.
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.
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.
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.
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.