Some type of shelter box was necessary so I built two different styles from scrap wood specifically for the quail.
These shelters could also be referred to as huts or nesting boxes; the purpose is for the quail to have a place to hide during severe weather.
Coturnix Quail do have strong instincts and when I first started raising them I thought for sure they would use nesting boxes. I was proven wrong and discovered they prefer shelter for cover from rain and hot temperatures.
When it comes to laying eggs they always go for the tall grass areas.
I built two shelter styles, one provides an open ground and the other has a wire floor allowing the birds to get off ground in case heavy rains occur.
I prefer the off ground version for younger quail that haven’t reached maturity.
The open ground shelter is also great because I can put their food dish inside, which depletes waste when it does rain.
This box is about 3 ft. allowing for room to move and several quail to occupy. Both boxes were made from scrap wood which is another bonus, using what you already have is a great way to experiment without added expense.
These shelters were built based on the needs of the quail and they work great. I later realized they could also work for baby chicks, ducklings or even rabbits. It’s always neat when you build something new that can also be used for other purposes.
Try building a few of these shelters for your own quail with DIY instructions here.