A couple weekends ago I went to the zoo with my teenagers and we had a great visit. I was fascinated by a couple places we toured.
One being the giraffes because their heads are so unique, next came the penguins; they’re simply cute, and then came the bird sanctuary.
This is where my imagination ran wild. It was incredible to stand inside the netted area and watch the activity. They had several breeds flying about leading me to think of the quail back home. This experience gave me the idea of expanding their environment on the farm.
I knew we had the perfect structure already in place for the project I was dreaming up. The frame was made with landscaping timbers and joined together with 2 x 4’s.
With the frame already in place this project would come alive in a snap, well that’s what I was hoping for.
I dived right in and little did I realize how intense this project would become.
I didn’t think about the amount of time and patience I would need to cover this space because it’s 60 ft long.
It’s possible I bit off more than I could chew.
The Entrance and Open Space
The entrance door came from our house, I decided to recycle it instead of burning. It fit almost perfectly and the gaps will be filled in the 2 x 4’s.
Gaps and quail are not a good mix.
The overall size of this space is 60 ft. long x 12 ft. wide and 6 ft. high. It’s the perfect little paradise for quail, I have where eight coturnix quail that will move in here after completion.
Just imagine their journey into this space, sounds pretty fantastic don’t you think?
The Staple Gun
I used a heavy duty staple gun to attach the chicken wire and most of the netting. If you want strong hands get one of these manual heavy duty staple guns.
I went through a box and a half of staples to secure everything in addition to using staple nails that are hammered in place.
Then wood is lined at the bottom for additional protection, this has worked really well i the past so I’m sticking with it.
I like the chicken wire because the bugs can still fly in to enhance their diet.
Now if you might be thinking about raising quail in a natural environment, my book quail getting started is perfect for beginners ready to learn.
I go into detail how to raise quail on the ground in a natural environment, I’m one of the few who have accomplished this successfully.
Netting & Wire
Adding the netting was tricky and difficult on those windy days so I grabbed my son to help. We hand wired the netting to the chicken wire one section at a time.
I thought this part of the project would never end and there were days I wanted to give up.
My son would remind me to think about the end result, he’s awesome because he wouldn’t let me give up and I would have been tangled in netting without his help.
So this part of the project did go faster with two people.
The black mesh is deer netting we had a couple bags in the shed so that’s why I decided to use it. The mesh works well and it’s sturdy which was surprising.
This netting ran over the top and down the upper sides of each wall where it was connected to the chicken wire. I call this wire stitching!
I would never start a project like this on my own, I’m not really sure what I was thinking because I knew help was necessary to finish.
I was inspired and followed a dream; now that it’s done I can smile.
If you like the idea of a quail sanctuary and you have the space for one, make a plan first, please don’t dive in without a plan.
Another set up you might like is the Quail + fence housing project. This set up is really neat too and I will use it for quail again in the future.
Give quail an environment where their instincts can shine because you will enjoy the experience and find joy in raising these neat birds.