DIY Quail Coop

Finding the right quail coop sometimes depends on available space and breed of quail you want.

This coop is great for those interested in raising quail on a small scale in their backyard or homestead. It’s also perfect for smaller quail like the coturnix because they prefer a more structured confined environment.

As I walk through the instructions I’m going to include some modifications for expansion. Originally I built this project so you could break it down and rebuild.

Those instructions are a little more detailed and require additional wood and hardware; we’re going to defer those expenses by building this coop in one piece.

This Quail coop is your end result.  We’re building a 5 ft x 3 ft. run first that could be expanded by using a solid eight ft 2 x 4.

Before we get started click over to the DIY Chicken Coop tutorial this will provide a a visual on how to connect the frame.

Quail Coop Supply List

Supplies can be purchased at any home improvement store or lumberyard.   If you plan to expand the coop size you’ll need to adjust the amount of wood required.

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Staple gun
  • Measuring tape
  • 6 eight ft. 2 x 4’s
  • 1 eight ft 2 x 3
  • 4 eight ft. 1 x 4’s
  • 2 eight ft pine or cedar fence boards
  • Screws short and small – I like the Deck-mate brand because they don’t rust
  • Hardware includes hinges, handles, locks and flat metal connectors for the roof
  • Netting or wire – also need scissors or wire cutters based on what you choose

Building The Run Frame

This part of the project is pretty simple; we’re cutting the frame boards first.

Four 5 ft. 2 x 4’s – width of frame
Four 3 ft 2 x 4’s – ends of frame
Four 2 ft 2 x 4’s – inside support corners of frame – make this taller if you prefer.

Begin the frame by building your upper and lower rectangle frames with the 5 and 3 ft cuts.  Attach using longer screws and drill pilot holes first to keep the wood from splitting.

Connect those pieces with the 2 ft support corners and make sure the 4″ side is facing the end of each corner.

When the frame is assembled attach the mesh or wire from the inside with a heavy duty staple gun.  I chose a mesh for this project because I had it.

Wire would be more durable and if you decide to use chicken wire purchase additional pine fence boards. Refer to my other mobile quail coop.

The next step is to add the roof cross pieces using fence board and a 1 x 4; measure the distance before cutting then attach with short screws.


Building the Shelter House

To build the shelter house I did basically the same thing as the run on a smaller scale and I used wood to close in the walls and doubled the mesh for the bottom floor.

Take measurements before cutting to make sure everything lines up correctly.

This little house will slide right in allowing you to screw directly into the open end of the run by connecting to the corner frame posts.

The quail will use this to get out of the rain and hot sunshine.  They’ll lay their eggs in the run part of the coop in the grass.

Once the shelter house is added go ahead and connect a piece of pine board to close in the top gap of the run.

Then make a basic roof for the shelter by cutting the wood to fit and attach with hinges.

You can see the shelter is easy to access for the birds and you.

Add a little nesting hay inside for comfort and warmth year round and include an outside latch lock to keep the lid from flying open.

We’re almost finished!

We need to add the roof, one side will be built in place and the other will be a door that lifts open. If you prefer include two doors, this is a personal preference.

Take the measurements first and then cut the 1 x 4 pieces according to size and connect these lids using the flat metal at the corners.  These metal pieces provide a flat connection and then you’ll add mesh or wire using a staple gun.

Drill one lid to the frame and connect the door with hinges to those center boards.  Install additional hardware and you’re ready for quail.

Protect the wood by staining or painting and sometimes it’s easier to include this step before adding the wire or mesh.

This is a fun project one that could build in a weekend and remember coturnix quail require 1 square foot of living space; never overcrowd your flock.

Build your own quail coop that is perfect for the backyard setting. Step by step directions will walk you through this project#QuailCoop, #Homestead, #DIYQuail

Special Note:

Reader Lamar was able to use these DIY instructions and make his own quail coop.  This turned out great and his quail are going to love it.  He also mentoned: I love what you have online about quail. I’ve read all of your stuff and I am excited about getting some.

We’re blessed with awesome readers at Garden Up Green.

Reader Jessica took these DIY instructions and built her own Quail Coop project.

She’ll be raising coturnix quail in her new mobile quail coop.  Didn’t she do an awesome job?  I love it when others take my projects and do more for themselves, this makes me smile!!



  1. Daniela Guzmán H. says:

    I loved that you share your work with others that love the house farming and nature.
    Thumbs up to the beatiful work that you did with the quail coop. Im going to try to make one similar but for a chicken with little chicks. Greattings from Chile.

    1. Carole says:

      I raise our chickens similar – mobile coops and free range during the day.

  2. Charlene Dryman says:

    I love your little coop. So cute and useful.

    1. Carole says:

      This is a favorite – I remember making this and then giving it away at one of our Texas Home and Garden Shows. I may have to build me another one of these but maybe go a little longer?

  3. Brandus B says:

    I really wish there were more measurements or better pictures. I did manage to figure it out pretty closely. It is a good coop that was fairly easy to build for me once I figured out the measurements. My daughter wanted to raise quail and we found this pattern, she also wanted to build it. Due to the complexity of figuring out measurements, I ended up having to do most of the cutting and building. Thank you taking the time to share your creation, it made my life a lot easier, since I didn’t have to design it myself.

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