Tuesday, November 17, 2015

From Quail Cage to Nest Boxes

The new chickens had a pen but no nest boxes. I had some quail cages but no quail ....

There are 4 quail cages, stacked on top of each other in sets of two but they weren't attached to each other so we could separate them if needed. So I took the top two cages this morning, cleaned them all out, cut off all but a few inches on the bottom of the wire. I then had to bend the remaining wire down so the chickens would not get cut on it. Turned the cage over so the solid part was on the top and I had some good nest boxes.
The really hard part was moving the big chunks of oak we still had from when the tree fell on the house but once I got them down, they rolled most of the way.

I think it looks pretty darn good.

It is possible I might have to put a step or a ramp on it for the cochin bantams but we'll see if they learn to fly up to it first.
Oh and the little brown bantam with the badly infected eye looks like it is almost completely better! The swelling is almost gone and the eye is open  and looking good.


  1. Good to hear your chicken is getting better. Good job on the boxes.

  2. It looks wonderful! And...it was using something already to hand that was probably just in the way. Great idea! I'm glad to hear about the little chicken's eye opening. Things can go south with a chicken so quickly.

    1. Well, I worry that I will want quail again eventually but I still have the one cage left.

  3. You are pretty good at improvisation!