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« on: October 31, 2010, 07:16:13 AM »

I am a new member here, currently serving in afghaniland. i am lucky to have internet here and have decided to raise quail when i get home. i hunt a lot of quail,duck,deer everything. i thought it would be neat to try to raise some quail and hopefully pheasant in next couple years. but down to my question. why wouldn't you want a dirt floor flight pen. Ive read some articles over this and see because of disease and the such. but wouldn't it be a good deal if u made it dirt floor and planted corn/ vegtables inside of the pen? that way they get use to natural vegetation. guess what I'm envisioning is making a flight pen like ones Ive seen out of PVC bent to look like Quonset hut. then having one end to where i could get tiller in there and planting corn and maybe some vegtable plants on one half of the flight pen and leave other half natural grass (prairie grass). wouldn't hat be a good deal or is that a bad idea.

another question is do you raise quail year round or do you just do it as a season thing through certain months??

and has anyone had very good luck with eggs bought off of Ebay?

also i am needing to build a brooder i have seen many and am thinking of building a wooden box with flat insulated boards around it to keep drafts out with wire floor an a wire top so i can set the heat lamps directly on the top. then if needed can raise then to adjust temps how i want them. thanks in advance for all the replies.

once last thing i live in southeast Kansas so we get some harsh winters here.
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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 09:05:05 AM »

I have raised quail and phesants with great success with this design . The only problem is heavy snow you have to keep it off the netting or it will destroy it,I use a backpack blower or a broom to get it off. I brood my chicks with in the building on plywood and paper towels with 18" flashing in a circle to avoid pileing in corners. I built my building 15'x16' and raise from 500-1000 chicks at a time . http://poultry.msstate.edu/extension/pdf/birg_flight_pen.pdf
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 02:20:35 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010, 10:05:31 AM »

thank you and thank you i am one the lucky ones over here having internet and a bed. know of a lot guys got alto less then this.

anyone have any other ideas on my dirt floor pen idea?

also i was planning on building mine out of PVC maybe a 30 ft lengths of PVC and was planning on using 2x6 on bottom to keep them in line and spaced 10 ft apart. then a 2x6 on each end to keep ends from wanting to spread out on my. I'm only going to glue certain pieces also that way i could take it down in lets say 10 ft pieces and move and re assemble it elsewhere to let grass grow. was also thinking whenever i plant garden that it would be perfect to move pen over top of it whenever its all picked because Ill be planting corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, etc... and they could have all the left overs and the plants themselves. it'd give them, cover because of corn stalks (teach em how to hide in corn, a lot of that in Kansas) and then once pretty well trampled down move them back into the prairie hay and i got free fertilizer and also got a good second use out of my garden. anyone ever try this moveable flight pen theory?

figuring making flight pen with 30 ft PVC bent spaced 10 ft apart with a 10 ft piece ruining to a "cross" (4 way connector) in the middle keeping it all spaced out right at top. i figure bottom measurement across will be around 20 ft. any ideas or if someone tried this and failed miserably would be great thanks
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2010, 10:16:02 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 10:03:47 AM »

anyone else have any ideas for my dirt floor pen idea? anyone ever tried moving like i figured on doing? also anyone got a translator ha ha i might be here but don't know the language sides some of it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2010, 10:42:18 AM »

i would advise putting them on wire.  soil harbors several diseases and pests that valley and gambel are sensitive to, so i assume others are too.  in the wild soil works because it is dry where they live, and they can excape a polluted environment (their own excrement).  in a cage, sanitation becomes key.  you need to separate the birds from their excrement.  i have heard of people raising them on wire with grass underneath that grows thru the floor, but i think you would want to keep them even from contacting anything under the floor of the cage.  i got away with a course gravel for 2 years but eventually it has become contaminated even with washdowns, and i now must put them up on wire.  leland hayes recommends wire floors.
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