The new quail cages are almost complete. Of course they are taking longer than expected, like any project. All I have to do for the cages now is get the watering system installed and tidy up how I’m going to latch the doors closed. I’m using bent nails right now. Hopefully this will be done tomorrow.
I decided to leave the feeders inside the cages instead of suspending them outside of the wire. It’s easy enough to fill my current feeders every few days and I didn’t feel like fabricating totally new feeders.
The quail seem to be getting used to the new cages since I got a few more eggs today than the last few days. They’ll settle in and be happy here soon.
I’ll post a new video of the upgraded cages shortly.
Our kids love the quail egg, cheese & ham sandwiches that I made for them for breakfast. Now I have to remind them that they are for breakfast ONLY and not for snacking anytime. I’ll make the next batch with some homemade bacon on there instead of ham…yummy. Maybe I should post our homemade bacon recipe. I suppose we’ll do some with sausage too. Variety is good. Sleep is good too. 🙂
We’re busy as hell in the morning and do our best to give our kids a decent breakfast before school. And I don’t mean a bowl of some sugar/wheat/flour junk saturated in milk. We try to make the kiddos something fresh every day but it is challenging sometimes.
So I thought I’d try making a bunch of quail egg, cheese and ham sandwiches on a small roll and freezing them. Then the kids can just microwave them in the morning.
What I did was take a standard cupcake pan that makes 12 cupcakes, lightly grease it and tossed in 3 quail eggs in each hole. Then I broke each yoke so there would be no messy sandwiches when we were done. I cooked them at 400 degrees for a few minutes, until they were pretty firm.
Once done, I put a slice of REAL American cheese on top followed by a slice of ham. (“processed cheese food”? yuck!!) Wrap them up individually and freeze them and you have saved yourself a half hour of sleep each morning. 😉
Well, we’ll see how these go over tomorrow morning.
Jack Spirko, the host of The Survival Podcast, is building an amazing quail aviary/greenhouse that is blowing me away. Most folks with limited space can’t do something like this but it’s cool as hell anyway. Here are his videos on his progress. I’ll update these as they become available.
Jack has been an inspiration for me, so I have to give a big “THANKS!” to Jack, even though I’ve never met he man in person. It was his interview with Brad Davies that got me interested in coturnix quail to begin with.
For feeders I started with these standard poultry feeders because I didn’t know better. They are fine for when the quail are young and small, but not so much when they grow up.
Little Gian Galv Slide Top Feeder For Poultry (Pack of 2) I found that the quail would toss the feed everywhere which was a huge waste and made a mess. Feed costs money and I like money, so I don’t like wasting feed.
Quail don’t discriminate on where they poop either, so these feeders got nasty quick. And I had to fill them twice a day.
So I made my own feeders:
These feeders are made from 3” PVC pipe with 2” holes cut into them with a hole saw. The edges of the holes are pretty sharp right after cutting them so I sanded them down a bit so the quail don’t cut themselves.
The end caps are “knockout test caps” which are really cheap and can be found at any hardware store that sells PVC pipe. If you can, buy these instead of regular end caps and save yourself a few bucks.
I initially glued the end caps on but then realized I might need to take them off for cleaning, so I just tape them on with duct tape now. Screw or glue a short piece of wood to each end cap to keep the feeder from rolling around. Be sure to angle the end caps so the holes are angled upward.
The feeders are deep enough that the quail need to reach inside with their heads to get to the feed. They don’t throw the feed around nearly as much and there is very little waste now. Just don’t over-fill the feeders or they will toss some of it around. Filling them about half way seems to work well for me.
Now I fill the quail feeders every few days instead of twice a day. Oh yeah. In the future I’d like to come up with some automatic feeder where I can pour a full 50 pound bag of feed into some sort of hopper that will release just enough each day. I’ll figure it out eventually.