I’m beginning to wonder why so few haven’t tried raising these birds on the ground.
I’m new to the idea of raising quail but I have to say my very first instinct is to put these birds in a natural environment so I’m sticking with it.
This weekend I decided to take one of our unused chicken coops and turn it into a quail coop, I guess it’s a bit of an upcycle project because some things will need to be changed. Beginning with removing the wheels.
The opening on the second floor has chicken wire and that will also need to be changed so I’m switching to a smaller wire so baby chicks don’t fall through.
I’m hoping they will use that second floor for nesting, perhaps a place to lay eggs.
The plan is to begin with the coturnix quail and from what I’ve read these birds are pretty domesticated so I’m questioning if this coop is going to work.
The ramp will stay also stay and they have plenty of ground space to keep them occupied in this 8 x 5 x 4 frame. protective boards will also be added along the bottom after the wheels are removed and then things should be set as I’m pretty excited to get started.
Raising Quail is another good option for the backyard if chickens are not welcomed where you live so keep following to see how things work because who knows you may just want to do something similar.
NOTE: Later I discovered this coop style wasn’t the best for Coturnix quail because they were partial to being on the ground. It would probably be more suitable for Bobwhite quail; they enjoy moving around and testing their flight skills.