Quail are relatively easy to care for and not very picky; however, there are a few things that every quail cage needs, so as you are shopping and planning, check to make sure you have covered all your bases.
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Different Types of Quail Cages
There are many different breeds of quail, and while my current experiences are with Coturnix quail, they all basically need the same thing.
Stacked Quail Cages – The pens are separated, however, to prevent droppings from entering the cage below. The trays pull out for easy cleaning. The small house can provide shelter, should the quail choose to use it. Quail will often just hunker down in bad weather.
Ground Level Cages – The pens are separated. There is a tray that pulls out for easy cleaning However, it doesn't have the easy clean tray until the housing. The small house can provide shelter, should the quail choose to use it. Quail will often just hunker down in bad weather.
Small Chicken Coops and Runs – You could keep a fair number of quails in this style cage. They are great if you want to give your birds access to the ground, though I 100% recommend reinforcing the bottom to prevent something from getting in under it at your birds.
Quail Egg & Farming Cage – If you are looking to get into raising quail more on the farming side than a pet or hobby side of things then this cage setup might be for you. The bottoms are slightly slopped to have the quail eggs roll to the front of the cage tray for easy collection.
What Your Quail Cages Need
Feeders – There are many different types of feeders available for feeders. Keep in mind the size of the feeder in relation to the size of your cages, to the number of quail that you keep. Quail will eat from feeders, and they can be messy. They will also eat off the floor of their cage, scratching similar to chickens.
Waterer – Quail are not necessarily the smartest birds. Making sure they can get their water is important when you pick a water system. I use the water bases in the winter and with chicks because they are easy to thaw water from in the dead of winter.
The automatic waterers are great once they figure out how to get water. Get some water into the cup and then they will learn where to go for the water.
Dust Bath – Just like with chickens, quail clean themselves and cool their body by dust bathing. A shallow pan is perfect if you want to contain the material you give them, though they will make it a mess of it. You can use pine shavings or play sand for their dust, they love both. We set our play sand out to dry before giving it to them.