Cleaning out quail

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Cleaning out quail
« on: June 23, 2023, 21:11 »
Hello everyone,

I recently bought some quail and am enjoying keeping them. Before I got them, I heard they can be messy and that certainly seems to be true!

I keep them in a shed in a hutch with a run. At the moment they rarely go in the hutch, the run has some trays of grass, sand bath, few other items to entertain them. I have put cardboard on the bottom of the run.

I clean them out each week, this involves me trying to catch them in the run (which is a challenge) and put them in the hutch. They donít seem to really enjoy this and neither do i!! I then take out the cardboard and replace it.

I wonder if anyone has any tips of how to make cleaning them out easier and hopefully less stressful for them. Whether there is something else  I can put on the bottom of the run or if I should take them out each time and put them in a box.

Thanks for your help. Any tips would be much appreciated.


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Re: Cleaning out quail
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2023, 21:19 »
Hi and welcome.

How about training them to like the hutch by feeding treats in there.  With chickens, a lot of people use corn in a tub which can be rattled to get their attention.  Iíve never kept quail, but if they get to like a treat, I am sure they would respond.

After getting them into the hutch a few times just to eat, you could then shut the door after they ran in and clean them out without the drama.

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