Building a Quail Hutch – Part I

I had a few requirements when building the quail hutch.  It had to look nice, so as not to garner complaints from the neighbors, it had to hold a decent amount of quail – enough to feed my family of 3, and it had to be efficient…just because.

I’d seen a lot of people using rabbit hutches for quails, so I used that as a basis, and turned it double-decker so as to better use the space.

COST: All-in-all, the project cost me ~$250.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Tools:
-Staple Gun
-Power Drill/Screwdriver
-Circular Saw

-Jigsaw
-Wire cutters
Supplies:
-2x4s
-1x2s
-2x2s
-3″ screws
-1 5/8″ screws
-1/2″ screws
-20 metal brackets
-4 small bar locks
-4 sets of small hinges (2 per package)
-coated hardware cloth
– hardware cloth
-roofing felt
-shingles
-thin plywood

Put the two side pieces together first.  Pre-drill the holes for the wood screws.

Yeah, note the "not to scale" at the top.

Yeah, note the "not to scale" at the top.

Here is one of ours in the middle of assembly.

In the middle of assembly.  Note the metal brackets.

In the middle of assembly. Note the metal brackets.

And here’s what they look like when they’re finished.  The 1×2 pieces will later hold the poop trays.  These are going to be on the inside of the side pieces.  Make sure you put them on the inside!

Two side pieces...complete!  Now what?

Two side pieces...complete! Now what?

Allow me to note that neither of us has any background in carpentry.  The only experience I’ve had was some set-building in high school.  It taught me a little bit about framing.  Other than that…nada!  We even had to borrow the circular saw from our neighbor.  So if we can do it, so can you.

I’ll try to get the subsequent parts up ASAP.  As with the incubator – time investment will be posted on the final part.

Quails will be moving into their hutch on Thursday, we’re set for another hatch starting Friday, seedlings will be planted in our garden this weekend (barring poor weather), and I’ll be picking up ingredients for homemade deoderant this week (mine is almost out!).

We’re talking about getting into brewing our own sake, so look for that in the future as well!

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2 thoughts on “Building a Quail Hutch – Part I

    • I wish I did still. I don’t have any of the specific measurements anymore. We developed them, ad hoc. An important part is to measure the area it is going to stand in, keeping stability in mind. It is 2′ deep and 6′ wide. You are also staying concerned with being able to reach the animals.

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