Coturnix Quail Hutch

| July 18, 2015
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

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I had been planning on keeping quail for a while. After some consideration of breeds, I finally decided on Coturnix quail, and stuck a few eggs in the incubator. The count down had begun. I had between 14 and 26 days at the earliest and latest extremes to build a quail hutch. Like all the wood working I do, I try to take pride in my work. I wanted to build something that was attractive, and highly functional.

I decided two build a two compartment coffee table and quail hutch combo, appropriate for breeding quail, and keeping males separated.

The hutch includes the following features:

  • Vintage, antiqued two compartment coffee table design.
  • A sturdy and durable design. Yes you can sit on it, have coffee on it, etc.
  • A foot print of 4′ x 2′, with a separator for each half.
  • Hideaway bench seat style doors on top, taking up half the length of each of the two compartments.
  • 2 front doors, screened in with 1/2″ hardware cloth.
  • Secure latches all around.
  • 1/2″ hardware cloth floor, with a sliding poop tray.
  • Wiring with 2 ceramic bulb sockets. Allows for brooding, as well as heating in cold winters.

So far, the few quail we hatched love their home, and so do I. Its dual purpose, meets our needs, and functions as quality outdoor furniture. Its the kind of thing that the significant other doesn’t mind looking at everyday. I hope this helps you with your own quail Hutch build. If anyone is interested in owning one, I would consider drafting plans. I’d really like to do what I can to help out fellow friends, preppers, homesteaders, and backyard poultry keepers.

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Blind Chickens

| July 12, 2015
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.

Helen.jpgHelen-the-blind-chicken.jpgEvery now and then a chick hatches without eyes, an infection that caused blindness in the embryo, or poor development of eyes or eyelids due to nutrition. Some breeds or hybrids are more susceptible than others. In some cases improvement happens, or eyelids can be assisted in being opened.

In a recent run of 50 pullets, our friends ended up with a blind Buff Orpington chick. We saved her from the gallows, and named her Helen. I know, not very politically correct, but people are way too sensitive and I could honestly not care any less.

Anyway, Helen stayed in our brooder box with food in one corner, water in another, and lamp over the middle. She became accustomed to the location of her food and water, and would excitedly announce every time she found them. However, at two and a half weeks Helen started to chirped loudly and incessantly. All her needs were met, and it became apparent that she was calling for other chicks. Given the opportunity to socialize, our hens weren’t sure what to think of Helen. They were too old to adopt her into the flock, and already had a close bound and pecking order.

Helen would calm down, if held and handled. But this was not a long term solution. Helen needed buddies.

Randomly, during a business banking meeting to sign some documents, I discussed Helen with my banker. She said she had experience with blind chicks, raises 150 chickens year to year, is used to getting blind chickens paired with ‘seeing eye buddies’ and would be happy to adopt her. Helen was adopted, and was introduced to two chicks her own age. Helen will not be the loneliest chicken ever, and from the sound of it, will live a full chicken lifetime as an egg layer.

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