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Post by needquail on Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:42 am

i am going to hopefully get a avary 4.6 ft L by 5 ft W and 6 ft up how many jap quail will fit i do hope to let them out often after i have cliped there wings and what size of nest bow will i need. also will i be able to use my tiny serama hen (smallest breed of bantam) she's about the size of a quail thank you

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Post by Harrie on Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:29 am

I'm sure I've read that someone hatched some quail under a small bantam so your Serama might work. Allow at least 1 sq ft of space per quail - I don't stock mine that densely. In my 7' x 2' hutches i keep groups of 6 or so. In my aviary 9' x 6' (with 7'x2' hutch) I keep up to 15 bit usually less cos it stays cleaner longer and i hate it when it gets pongy quickly. How many quail did you have in mind for that aviary??
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Post by needquail on Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:58 pm

posibly 8. 2 males 6 females (lucky boys)

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Post by internet_nobody on Sun Aug 17, 2008 2:17 pm

I have 9 in a 4 x 4 - and that to me looks full, it does have an external nest box which is 2ft x 1ft, so in theory that would fit 19 quail "comfortably" but I wouldn't try it.

I would say in yours 2 cocks and 8 hens would be fine.
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Post by samscentials on Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:20 pm

am i right to assume that when you measure to work out numbers of quail you only measure the actual housing and not the run. i have one of these wasn't going to use it for quails initially but i may well change my mind. then i could have more hee hee
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Post by Ironsun on Sat Aug 23, 2008 1:38 pm

Hi,

Yes, you only measure the housing, this is because most outdoor avairies are open the the elements, wind, rain, sun etc and if not covered they rely on the sheltered area.

I advocate using 1sq foot of space per bird, this excludes space taken up by drinkers and feeders.

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Post by samscentials on Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:05 pm

room for nine more than planned then if i use this aswell lol getting a hovabator arrive on tuesday so can plan for more eggs later next week.
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