Build a Quail Hutch




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Step 1: Cut Up the Parts

I started with 2 treated 2”x8”x8'.
2- rips on the table saw of 2" for the base frame.
6- rips at 3/4" for the sides and top frames(Or you could use 1x2).

Step 2: Glue Up the Panels

I used a biscuit joiner and #10 biscuits.

Step 3: Add Wire and Plywood

1/2" hardware cloth(1/2"x1/2" spaced wire). 1/2" Staples with air gun. 3/8 plywood. (About 1/2 sheet)

Step 4: Screw the Panels Together

Drill pilot holes through rails to prevent splitting. 3" screws down into base and 2" to connect at the corners.

Step 5: And There You Have It!

Add a door(this was a scrap of 1" wood panel). Hinges on the front to allow access and cleaning. I added a 40w light bulb for some heat. These ones were only 3-4 week old and it gets cold at night.

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    Question 1 year ago on Step 5

    What are the overall dimensions of this hutch ?


    2 years ago

    I'm wondering if it would be just as easy to take a tall bird cage and lie it down long ways, and construct something like a tray on the bottom. Has anyone tried this?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been wondering: 1 squarefeet per bird doesn't sound very species-appropriate - unless you go by industry standards. Are there drawbacks to providing more room and natural environment factors (like, real grass, earth, bushes)?

    3 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    wild quail? I know not everyone has alot of room to include all of the natural enviroment in there quail cages . Quail have been domestacted for so long most hens will not even hatch there own eggs. Nice hutch have no ideas of the dimensions.looks alot bigger than two square feet though ( BUSHES EARTH) its not a nature preserve its a quail hutch.Why would you be looking at building a quail hutch if it offends you so much.just curious


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    There are no drawbacks to keeping them outside at all but most people keep them in cages like this because that's how they've seen other people do it on the internet. If you google "organic quail" you will see my videos and blogposts come up. I hatch them with a mother hen and keep them in a greenhouse when they are small and then the mother hen free-ranges them whilst I am present and until they get too adventurous with flying. After that I can still free-range them once they have a good bond with me and when I'm in the garden. I also keep them in the greenhouse or in runs where they do a great job weeding and keeping down insect pests. What you always have to ask yourself when keeping any bird or animal is; would I like to live like this. Quail will lay eggs in cages because they are just like battery hens bored and on a high protein diet. This box is really well built but it needs attaching to a run with grass and bushes and direct sunlight. The only thing you need to watch for, are predators so they must always be secure at night and never let them free-range without being present. You will get much better quality eggs once you get them outside. Quail eggs are incredibly nutritious, I raised them to cure my husband's eczema and hay fever, which they did really quickly but the quail need to be outside and raised organically for the eggs to be that good. All the best Pavlovafowl aka Sue. P.S. My quail films are also on Instructables


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm no expert. I've found what I know from Internet searches. The quail I have are no bigger than a coffee mug. I have read that some keep them 2 birds per square foot. I think that is cruel.
    I have recently added a small 8"x8" box of dirt to the cage. In less then 5 minutes they were taking dust baths. I've also put in a piece of wheat grass sod. They eat the tops off then I replace with a fresh piece. They must be happy and healthy as I had eggs at 5-1/2 weeks old!!


    Reply 3 years ago

    That's mean... what's wrong with you? I think you need to go to some classes to help you with your manners. It says BE NICE when posting a comment


    3 years ago

    I am not sure what you mean by 2-2x8x8'
    Really cant make out of that how many pieces of wood and how long. Something appears to be 8 foot
    do you mean you have 2 lengths of 2x8 inch and 8 foot long?
    then what is it you cut at 3/4inch 6 times and what at 2 inch. Is that a cut across the entire length of 8 foor making it a 2x4? or do you cut lengths of 2 inch?
    You seem to have much more on yr saw table than two 8 foot lengths.

    What are eventually the dimensions of your hatch, then I can work it out


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice hut. Looking at the size of the quail I take it that they are for personal use. Or, do you raise them for release in the field? I'm thinking of raising some for both. Do you have or can you advise where to get info on raising quail?

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm raising the quail for the eggs. If I get more hatching than I can keep I will probably release some.
    A google search of info is a great start. There are a few good YouTube videos too.

    I only have 3 females in there now but I will probably end up with 8(6F &2M).
    You need about 1sq ft per bird.