Our completed quail pen is located in an old flower bed surrounded by stone and a large oak tree. The oak tree is so large it well shades the flower bed and the ‘side yard’ behind it preventing most plants from growing there. What a perfect, sheltered location for some Japanese quail! Japanese quail are also known as: Old World quail, coturnix quail, and Pharaoh quail.
The enclosed quail pen is approximately 3′ feet by 10′ feet giving them roughly 30 square feet of space not including the large insulated coop (formerly a dog house) attached to their run. The wire fencing is made of 16-gauge, 1″ x 1/2″ inch wire and is nailed to wooden stakes hammered deeply into the ground. The top is covered with small mesh aviary netting secured to the fencing with zip ties. The top netting is secured to the oak tree and the coop using chicken wire/horseshoe nails.
Large stones surround the base of the wire fencing and create a secure yet attractive, natural look for the quail pen. St. John’s wort and barley grow inside the pen and help to provide the quail with cover to duck under and run through. The quail coop was originally converted into coop for chickens by adding a nest box in the back. Now, the coop is filled with hay and has sand for a dust bath in the rear nest box. The nest box opens as well as the hinged roof for cleaning convenience.