Here is the latest and FINAL quail coop.
This one is my rotating garden bed scheme. The first year, it will be here, on top of a unused raised bed. In the fall, after the quail have had time to dig, eat bugs, and fertilize the bed, I’ll switch the coop to another bed that has been growing vegetables. The quail will get to eat whatever is left of the veggies, and get to work fixing up this new bed for the following year. I think it’s quite a brilliant idea, so hopefully it works out like I think it will. I do know that since I had to move quail around, I took the opportunity to take out a couple of barrows full of great compost from the quail coops currently in use!
So now Cinna and his two girls are in the new rotating coop, and Peabody and his wife are in the display coop. Loki and wives are still in the large green roof coop, but after I build the new greenhouse, they’ll be moving inside there, to help with pest control, and next year, I’ll be hatching out some Serama chickens for the large green roof coop. After that, everyone should be set for the long term!
Here are a few pics of inside the new coop:
And now, with quail:
Cinna and his girls are happy with their new home. I had barely put them in it, before they were all having a dust bath together in the corner.
This one has two doors on top. One over the run, and one over the nest box area on the left. I still need to put the rubber roofing on the nest box roof.
The chickens weren’t very pleased with the process of building the coop. First I made the raised bed, and filled it with dirt that they would have loved to dig around in themselves. They couldn’t quite grasp the necessity of building a coop over the top! They think I do far too much building of fences as it is!
But they did enjoy seeing the quail move in. I’ve noticed before that they like to watch the quail. It’s pretty cute when quail and chicken are standing looking at each other face to face through the wire!
The weather here has been so warm. We’ve had several days with 60 degree temps, and even the night temps are usually in the high 30s or early 40s. I’ve decided to risk getting the garden started early, because I just have a feeling that Spring is actually coming early this year, and we’re not going to go back into winter. Nothing too crazy though! I started some lettuce, kale, peas, and argula.
You cannot believe how lovely it is to see little bits of green growing again! Unless, of course, you garden yourself. 🙂
The weather has been making it nice for getting things done outside. I have a long list (as always) of Things That Need to Get Done: greenhouse, duck coop, trellises, various gates and fences, and rain barrels. Plus I’ll be putting in more fruit trees, but I’ll post about that later.
After a day’s work in the garden, it’s good to be able to come in and collapse on the couch!