Sunday, March 22, 2009

Doing Time: Construction Of The Quail Jail

Last Sunday, while puttering around in the carriage house, I found several old window frames. The glass was missing from each, so I decided to use them in the construction of a dual cage for the quail. I used a frame that once held two panes of glass and mounted 1/4 inch welded wire to it. This would be the floor of the cage. The daylight hours were waning, so I put the project away until I had more time.

This week, I selected twin frames and mounted 1/2 inch welded wire to construct the sides. The sides will also be hung on hinges to create doors. The front panel will consist of more 1/2 inch welded wire and the rear wall and top will be plywood. The plan is to set the quail hut inside the chicken pen, which should make cleanup easier. A side benefit is that in the event of a quail jail break, the birds will be unable to escape from the chicken pen.

Once finished, I'll take a trip to the Re-Store to get some suitable paint. Yeah... I know that the birds won't notice the paint job but if I'm going to go to the trouble to make it, then I want it to look good! Besides, I think we can squeeze a few bucks out of the budget for paint. I'll post pictures, when its finished.


fullfreezer said...

Sounds great, I can't wait for pictures. I've seen quail chicks before- they are tiny. I hope they aren't so small they can get through those half inch wires.

Brad said...

Sounds like you'll have a great set-up. Your eggs will leave here tomorrow. It sounds like they are going to be staying at the Hilton!

TheMartianChick said...

I was going to take a picture or two and then I discovered that the batteries in the camera had died. The chicks won't go into the Quail Jail until they are much bigger. As a matter of fact, I have an old hex-shaped aquarium that I plan to put the chicks in after they hatch
when they are really tiny.

TheMartianChick said...

I don't know if it will be a Hilton, Brad... Probably more like a Super 8. It will be clean and functional...AND CHEAP!!!

Yanna said...

Half of my quail are in a metal dog crate and the other half are still in a stock tank (picking up a flight cage tomorrow) - your setup sounds so much nicer.

I love old windows!

Brad said...

The eggs launched from TN for their trip to Mars today. I really wanted to send them out yesterday, but I just flat ran out of time. I collected new eggs today and sent them out. Hopefully they will have a good trip and arrive safely, soon!