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I am compensating for all the males in the house.

The coop is homemade by Rhys and Elliot.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 11, 2014 at 16:27

I've been thinking about it.  I wanted to use them for meat, but My Rozie but the black ban on that.  

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on August 1, 2014 at 6:54

Good Morning Valerie - thanks for the tips - will investigate further and thanks for mentioning where you got the birds - got too excited to think about it.

Comment by Valerie on August 1, 2014 at 6:46

Things you need to consider are food, water, not sure about grit, also dust bath. I use a seedling tray I had. They don't really nest as they are ground birds. They lay on the floor and sleep in the dustbath sometimes. also feed them some fresh food, green small weeds or bits of fruit and veg, lettuce.

Comment by Valerie on August 1, 2014 at 6:43

Hi Cheryl. My husband made the coop. You cannot free range quails because they are too vulnerable to predators and too hard to catch when you want them back in. The coop is a bit small and eventually we will build some sort of run for them. In the meantime, my son gives them a run under a close watchful eye every now and then. I feed them finch seeds which roughly cost the same as organic chicken feed. You can feed them chicken food but finch seeds are better because smaller. I am learning too. Lots of info on youtube good and bad though, not many books. So far we managed with knowledge we gathered from friends and pet shop.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on August 1, 2014 at 6:23

Hi Valerie, seeing your quail has encouraged me to look into this further - I have always wanted to keep chooks but not enough room.   The coup you have doesn't look very big - do you let them out to free range or are they OK kept in an area the size of your coup?   Where did you get the coup?  Do you feed them any special food?  -  as you can see I have no idea about quail but am really interested.

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