The Quail Sanctuary = Open House

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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!


Final Thoughts

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.

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  1. Carol Paynter says:

    Carole, your quail project is so great! We have lots of Gambled Quail in our yard. So much fun to watch them. Carol

  2. Robin Platter says:

    I love the open concept very much and have thought about it and I think that If you put up PVC pipe to raise the height of the pen you would be so much more comfortable It would be like a hoop over the top.Thanks Robin

    1. This one is my favorite and I like that I can walk in, sit down and enjoy the quail. I have to be honest I’m not a fan of PVC. If you live in a windy area it would not be a good option at all and you would risk losing your flock. From experience it’s always better to have a strong structure because sky predators will eventually show up and if your space isn’t faced in ground predators can rip apart a PVC frame in minutes. Hope that helps, I have a couple more smaller options that are also pretty sweet. We’re getting ready to sell our farm and then I plan to build the ultimate quail coop at our new place. I can hardly wait hoping this transition begins by fall.

      1. Robin Platter says:

        Hi Carole, Thanks for answering me right back. Their is rebar to use for something a lot stronger and well last a very long time.
        Sense your moving well you continue your blog?

        1. Rebar would be better – Yes the blog will continue and be even better because I will be adding a new category. We’re just moving a little further out on more land to introduce a new project. So stick around and make sure you’re subscribed because I always announce everything to subscribers first. Just have to find that piece of land so we can get this farm listed.

  3. Judy Krieg says:

    I love this idea! We have always wanted a bird aviary and I want to start raising quail. We live in Minnesota, so my question is, what would I do in the winters?

    1. You process for meat before your bad weather arrives- here’s why, quail have a short life span and egg production is based on hours of daylight and temperature. It really wouldn’t be cost effective to raise them through the winter months unless you went indoors with the coturnix and raised them under lights.

      I love in Texas so where we do get cold winters it’s nothing compared to what you would receive months on end. If you read through my bird farming category click “Quail” you’ll see how I’ve worked through wet and winter weather.

      Another thought would be to build an enclosure like this with an end that is closed off protected from all types of weather.

      There are many possibilities it just really depends on how much of an investment you want to put forward,

  4. What a interesting post. Love it! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  5. Brenda says:

    Looks like a very nice area for your quail.

    1. Thank you Brenda – I'm excited they're moving in today! -Carole

  6. Leslie says:

    What a sweet project! I love their little door. You did a really great job of putting everything together. Happy Wednesday!

    1. Thanks – looking forward to moving them in – they have no idea what's in store for them. -Carole

  7. daisy g says:

    What a fantastic project! Isn't it amazing what we come up with when we allow our imaginations to roam free? I can't wait to see it with its new residents! Thanks so much for sharing this project on this week's Maple Hill Hop!

    1. Thanks daisy – I'm getting rid of the ant beds today so they should be in Friday or Saturday. I'm excited to watch them in here. Sometimes I think I let my imagination roam a little to free. LOL – Thanks for stopping by and always fun to blog hop your way. Have a Great day!

  8. Looks great and I imagine will be quail heaven when you have completed it. Just think if you hadn't already had that structure!

    1. The structure is a bonus but I have to tell you adding that netting over the top was something else. The rest of that structure heading to the left will be blackberries and raspberries rows, Fun Stuff! -Carole

  9. Karen says:

    I love those bird sanctuaries at zoos. You really tackled an amazing project and it looks great! I can't wait to see pics of the happy residents. I hope they'll know just how blessed the are! 🙂 thanks for giving us another peek into your awesome back yard.

    1. I'm hoping to move them in Friday. Adding peppermint oil to those ant beds today. This is pretty neat I'm just glad I finally got it done. -Carole

  10. Purfylle says:

    Quail are just the cutest. I wish we had room for them but we're already full with the cats, dogs, fish, corellas and the lorikeet. Enjoy!

    1. Sounds like you have a nice mix of pets. Thanks for stopping by to share- Carole

  11. Heather says:

    Wow! That looks great! We don't have enough space to put something that large in our yard, but it would be fun to have and observe!

    1. Thanks! Pretty excited about it – should have the birds moved in by the end of the week, they're going to love it. I might take some video. Thanks for stopping by to share. -Carole

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