Damson Cottage Garden

Building a Quail Run in the garden

We are getting quail for the garden – soooo excited about it! Apparently quail are great egg layers. To prepare, James has been hard at work making a run for them. We decided the best place to put it would be high up in the chicken run in a space thats not used at the moment. The chickens will still have the same amount of space.

James started by creating a deep, wide shelf (2.5×1.5m). He used 2×1 inch planks as a support for the shelf to lie on. We got a plywood sheet for the shelf at Cambridge Wood Works – a great organisation that recycles unwanted wood from domestic and commercial construction in Cambridgeshire.

How to make a quail run

Next he covered the top and sides of the quail run in 1x1cm chicken wire to make the quail run rodent proof. The chicken wire along the roof is hung slightly below the rafters 50cm above the floor at the lowest point. This means that there is some ‘give’ in the roof. This is important as if quail get startled they jump high in the air and can bang their heads on the roof of the run – a springy roof will mean less quail headaches! The RSPCA have produced an excellent guide for keeping quail. If you google ‘keeping quail happy RSPCA’ the PDF guide will spring up.

Quail run

He then added two doors that will open wide to help with cleaning.

Keeping quail in the garden

Done! A quail run in an unused part of the chicken coop.

Garden quail run

Now we need some quail – that’s my job for today. I will keep you posted, Jane

9 Responses to Building a Quail Run in the garden

  1. Jo says:

    I have always wondered about keeping quail. Where are you getting them from?

    • admin says:

      We are trying to hatch some but it’s not going well at the moment! During the first batch the incubator broke, now we are on take 2! Jane

  2. Sally says:

    Great use of space in the existing chicken run

  3. Tim says:

    Nice quail run. How many do you plan to keep?

    • admin says:

      We only want 4-6 quail, I want them to have plenty of space and don’t want to pack them in! Also we will struggle to eat more eggs than 6 quail would provide! Jane

  4. Greenfingers says:

    Cant they just stay in the same run as the chickens?

    • admin says:

      No!! The chickens would not be pleased about it at all – I think they would attack the little quail. Best to keep them separate! Jane

  5. Marion says:

    It all looks very smart. Well done . I wonder how the ladies will react when they get their new house mates ?

    • admin says:

      I know – I think they will be surprised when more noises are emanating from the top of their run, J x

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