Quail can be rewarding to raise but difficult to keep alive. One of the most important aspects of raising quail is constructing a pen that provides a safe environment for them.
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Selecting the right location for a quail pen is crucial. It is important that the location provides shelter, especially from predators and other pets.
Typically, a quail pen is 1.8 by 1.8 by 5.5 metres (6 feet by 6 feet by 18 feet). This can be adjusted to a smaller size if you are not raising many quail and can be made larger if the space is available. Customise the size of the cage to meet your specific needs and fit the location you have selected.
The frame for the pen can be made out of basic lumber; 10-by-10-cm (4-by-4-inch) posts can be used for the corners, and 5-by-10-cm (2-by-4-inch) posts can be used to frame out the sides and the door. A set of large hinges, which can be screwed to both the door and the frame with at least six screws--three in each side--should be used. The door and the frame should be covered in hardware cloth, or chicken wire, with squares small enough, usually no larger than 13 mm (1/2 inch), that the quail cannot escape through them.
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