I looked around for different style of quail cages and decided on a particular style I like. I found a video on Youtube, but for the life of me cant find it again. I would love to give the guy credit as the design has been outstanding for what I needed. I don’t think I did it exactly how he had his since there were no plans just visuals, but it was close enough to know it was a good design.
The first thing I wanted was something large enough to add several birds but light enough I could move around If decided to tractor them. I wanted to wire only so I didn’t have to deal with rotting and soiled wood. I wanted automatic waterers and feeders as well as a way to section off an area for breeder pairs if I wanted. Lastly, I wanted the floor slanted to roll the eggs out to the edges for easy collection.
Well, this design does all of that and then some. I will do a video soon for YouTube to discuss the cage design and use as well as some of the build specifics, but for now I will give you the basics. I used 1/2 EMT (Electrical Metallic Conduit) that I purchased in 10′ sticks. It is easy to bend with a hand bender and cheap enough to keep the cage costs down. I used two pieces each for the top, bottom and floor of the cage frame. These are exactly the same so each bent was in the same spot, one on each end lie this [ ] and attached together with fittings for conduit. After bends this formed an 8′ long 23″ wide rectangular cage. The floor is a separate piece covered in 1/2″ x 1″ that seems easier on the quails feet. I ran a piece of conduit on top of the frame down the center before I covered it with the floor wire making the center 1/2 taller with a gentle slope to the outsides. This allows eggs to roll to either side and are caught by the upturned floor wire.
I used conduit again for the legs and attached the top and bottom cage frames to the inside of the legs 30″ apart (the height of the 1″x2″ wire I used for the cage sides). I attached the floor piece about 1-2 inches below the cage bottom frame to give the eggs room to roll out but not enough to let the birds get under. the wire was attached using zip ties for now and the frame and legs were attached with stainless bolts, nuts and washers. I added diagonal braces, again from 1/2 conduit, for side to side and front to back strength. I added three doors to the long side of the cage for access hinged with rabbit wire clips.
The top is a piece of cut cattle panel covered with hardware cloth. I used clips in the back to attach the panels to the conduit. These act as hinges allowing the top to be lifted when needed. For now the cage is under a shed but I made the top overhand the front a bit so I can cover the panel with tin, tarp etc and set it out in the yard. I started with a hanging chicken water bucket and feed tray, but have since made the self waterer from notes from the video. I could not remember exactly how he (the Youtube video I saw) did it, but I used 3″ PVC and a float valve which is fed from a water barrel on the side and I think it’s close. The 3″ drops to 2″ PVC then makes a turn to go down the long side of the cage. that way if I section off the cage the waterer covers all the sections. I used a hole saw to drill access holes that
matched the cage wire. The quail can stick their heads out and drip without spilling and the holes are small enough to prevent most debris and alot of the evaporation. The feeder is simple PVC with the same holes drilled with a 45 degree pipe for filling the food. The are all mounted on the bottom frame just about the floor where the eggs roll out. I could not be happier with the design. Currently I have about 28 quail in there with about 8 roos marked for the smoker.
I don’t have the feeder installed, but it’s made. I will add it and then plan on making a video of the build with all the details on bending pipe and cut lengths etc for anyone actually wanting to try it out. I will add it to my youtube page. If I can find the video I saw I will post it here to give the guy credit. I liked the design.