After spending the day reinforcing wire fencing around the chicken coop and rabbit hutch area, I need to think about more constructive things and not about the destruction that predators have caused lately.
Above is what I was envisioning to begin with, but now that we have decided to give quail a try, we need to find a good spot for them. The shiitake mushrooms will be grown on oak logs (that I already have) and will be set on low racks just to keep them off the ground. Shiitakes apparently are sensitive to soil cooties. Depending on the best location for the quail, I may toss out the large herb bed completely or make it another mushroom bed. I’ll show you what I mean…
This photo was taken from the bottom of the driveway looking up at the street/beginning curve of the driveway. You can see the cob oven on the left, the bench at the far center, and the house stairs are on the right.
Option 1: Use a very tight weave wire to fence in the area around the tree and about one foot around the back of the tree. Use aviary wire to secure the top to keep quail in and (hopefully) predators out. The main fence for the garden will be to the left and right so only the front will be exposed. The converted doghouse would be used as an insulated quail shelter from the elements. On the plus side, it would look adorable and be more of a “habitat”. The con would be that I would have to use twice as much wire as option 2.
Option 2: Use a very tight weave wire to cover the front side of the underneath of the front stairs. Again, the insulated doghouse would provide shelter from the elements. Pro– we would use less wire and the quail would be slightly more hidden. Con– they would be right under the stairs and it would be much harder to clean.
So which do you think is better? Either way you wouldn’t be able to see them from the street and the whole area will be well fenced. We will probably use the heavy gauge, tight weave rabbit wire for the quail enclosure no matter where it goes so it should be pretty secure.
Thoughts? Concerns? Better ideas? I have until March or April to figure it all out and get set up.