September 2019, European quail (Coturnix coturnix) breeding cages before the ending of the breeding season for this species.

True “wild” European quails (Coturnix coturnix) don’t lay so many eggs during the breeding season … It is absolutely not like the other species
But sometimes, some females make a nest more in the month of September.
This year, I am quite happy because the breeding pairs 2, 4, 6, 10, 11 and 16 are laying again (September 3th). All the other birds are now in pause until… next year!
I took the opportunity with the nice daylight of September to take a few pictures of my gladiolus-flowered breeding block.

Outside laying cages installations overview

I have some outdoor breeding cage-blocks which are sheltered from rain and drafts while being in the open air.
The animals benefit from natural light and keep pace with the seasons without dimmed artificial lightening. They are:
1 block of 15 trios of Northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus)
1 block of 12 pairs of Chukar partridges (Alectoris chukar)
4 blocks of 15 trios of Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)
1 block composed of two thermoregulated chick maternities for very little chicks and 3 growing cages for older chicks.
Below are a few pictures I have taken in 2019 and also three little films :

Development and building of my own breeding cages for Chinese painted quails (Coturnix chinensis)

Because I could find nothing on the market that was really suitable for raising small sized quails, as manufacturers only produced models adapted to large Japanese laying quail (these are the only ones that are bred intensively), I resigned myself to develop and build my own breeding cages model.
I choosed for lightweight but durable materials :

  • 20 mm anodized aluminum tubes and their corresponding nylon assembly blocks
  • Galvanized square bird mesh 0,5 cm x 0,5 cm
  • 3 mm thick white plastic panels
  • Constant level automatic watering cups fed by 10 mm diameter pipes.
  • Water tank with a capacity of 1000 liters
  • Anodised birdcage front panels with 1 door
  • Blind rivets
  • Little white colrings
  • Plastic bird feeder of 40 mm lenght
  • A lot of determination and time

The first three modules were built in 2012.
A clear corrugated plastic roof protects all from rain and doors have been added to prevent mice and rats from coming into contact with the quails.
The blocks were leaning against a wall and facing south.

Later, I had tailor-made aluminium drawers made by a Flemish craftsman. These were made by folding aluminium sheets. They are used to collect the droppings.

Construction of the three first blocks during the year 2012 :

Construction of another block during the year 2019 :

Battery of cages finished, August 21th, 2019