In this article, we will examine in detail, with photos, several do-it-yourself quail cage models and cell batteries. And also apply some methods that will help to avoid unpleasant odors, dust on furniture, unless of course you decide to keep the bird in the house.
In order not to get sprayed with an overview of the many designs of quail cages (there really are a lot of them) below I will give basic concepts, as well as sizes, based on which, you can easily independently construct a cage for a summer house or apartment of any size.
- The best way to plant quail is 1 head per 10 cm² of cage floor.
- The optimal number of quail planting in one cage is 30 goals.
- Cage for quail (30 pcs.) Dimensions: length 100cm. 40 cm wide.
For the content of meat and meat-egg breeds, the size of the cell can vary by – 5 cm.
- The height of the back wall is 20 cm.
- The height of the front wall is 25 cm.
- The mesh size on the floor net is 12×12 mm, the wire diameter is from 0.9 mm to 2 mm.
- The angle of inclination for the assembly of eggs is 8-10 °.
- The protrusion of the egg collector is 7-10 cm, with the obligatory presence of lateral sides (otherwise the egg will fall down).
- The front wall is also a door (the best option is to save space). Fastens with wire or loops.
Mesh quail cage
The option below can be assembled in just 2 hours. By the way, buying the same cage on the bird market will cost you about 2,000 rubles, and self-production is just the cost of 1 m² of galvanized wire mesh. So let’s get started:
The basis of the material for such a quail cell is a galvanized steel mesh, in this case a polymer is applied to the mesh.
We make a blank – 105×70 cm.
We cut out 2 side walls from the waste of the main blank, the size is 30×30 cm.
We bend from the workpiece in size: the height of the front wall is 16 cm, the back wall is 14 cm, width 30 cm. The remainder is displayed for an egg collector.
We fix the end walls of the cage with a wire or plastic clamps (preferably plastic clamps).
We bend the end of the egg collector (height not less than 3 cm).
On the floor of the cage, we additionally stack a grid with a small cell in size.
To stiffen the floor, connect to the base of the cell with metal or wire staples (can be cut from galvanized iron).
Top cut out the door.
So that on the bends of the grid, the angles are strictly straight 90 ° (and not rounded) we use the following device.
We take two edged boards (4-5 cm thick), and connect them together close to each other by hinges (loops). We put a mesh into the formed gap, measure out the required size and fold the boards. It turns out an even beautiful angle.
As can be seen from the photo, the side walls of this quail cell simultaneously serve as its support and form the necessary space for the insertion of the litter box.
The litter bin can be made from any improvised materials: fiberboard, plywood, wooden lath. The main thing is to thoroughly treat the litter bin with antiseptic solutions, otherwise it will emit an unpleasant odor over time, even empty.
Plywood quail cage
As you can see in the photo, the cage is made entirely of plywood, with the exception of the mesh bottom.
To make such a cage on your own, follow simple rules:
- Area of bird landing – 1 pc. per 100 cm².
- The height of the back wall is 20 cm, the front is 25 cm.
- The angle of the floor is 8-10 °.
Also, do not forget all the material, thoroughly soak with antiseptics or water-based varnish.
We attach bunker feeders of any type to the front wall of the cage, and drinkers to the end walls. I recommend putting old newspapers under the cage. The fact is that during cleaning and disinfection of the litter tray, the quail has time to thoroughly dirtied the entire space under the cage. Therefore, such a precaution does not hurt.
But what to do with the smell?
- First, do not forget to simply clean the pallet 1-2 times a day.
- Secondly, to eliminate odor, use the most ordinary cat-like filler (it really helps).
- Third, use two instead of one pallet. While one pallet is well ventilated on the street or balcony (or disinfected), the second replaces it.
The second problem faced by people containing quail indoors, whether it is an apartment or a summer house, is the dust from compound feed. There are two ways to deal with this problem:
Instead of dry feed, give the quail wet mixes. But there is one drawback. What if you can’t give them wet mixers all day long?
Since the quail is a very active bird and spends its whole life searching for the best food, around the cage there is always scattered food that the quail is scooped out of the feeders. And even if in the feeders there will be the best feed and the best feeders, the quail will still be there during the day, part of the feed will be raked out.
This problem is solved in the following way:
On top of the poured feed, put a thin strip of galvanized wire in the feeder and that’s it! The feed ended, the net was removed, the feed was poured, the net was laid on top.
And you can make it even easier. In order not to constantly remove the net, bend it in the form of a “house” (according to the size of the feeder), only once a week clean the husk from the husk.
A quail cage in cell batteries is built on the principle described above. That is, there is no need to invent anything new and complicated. The only thing you should pay attention to is the location of the cells in the battery.
Tip one – try to place the cage of the lower tier at a distance of 80-100 cm from the floor, since quails are afraid of drafts. And it will be much more convenient to service such a battery.
Tip two – place the cells in the battery 3-4 tiers, and in each cage, keep no more than 30 quails. If there are more birds in the cages, then they push the net floor with their weight and the egg does not roll into the egg collector.
Tip three – a door for servicing the cage, do it from the front of the wall or use the front wall as a door. This will significantly save space between cell batteries.
Fourth tip – be sure to attach the entire cell battery to the back of the room. If this whole thing accidentally crashes, then you will not see eggs from your quail for a very long time (the birds will stop rushing from stress).
If you contain 20-30 quails in one cage, then you should not have problems with watering the bird. It is enough to equip such a cage with an open drinking bowl and periodically wash and disinfect it.
But if you plan to expand and you will have a whole cell battery, or maybe not just one?
In this case, I would recommend cup-type drinking bowls for quail. Unlike nipple drinkers, such drinkers do not leak, and they can also be connected into one system. In addition, the nib of a drip drinker nimble quails quickly peck and a real fountain can clog in the cell battery.
As can be seen from the photo, cup-type drinkers have a rather simple design, are easily disassembled, assembled and cleaned.
To prevent them from clogging up with less debris and not causing deposits on the internal parts, connect a regular car fuel filter to the drinker system.
That’s all for now.
I think that in this article, I outlined all the main problems associated with the content of quail in the cells. If you think that your quail cage is more perfect than the designs I have presented, please share, we will be happy to hear your opinion.