Most of the domestic quails use nesting boxes for laying eggs. Quail nesting boxes are also required for roosting and security purposes. Like other domestic and prolific bird species, quails also like to lay eggs in a calm, secure and comfortable place. Providing nesting boxes for your quails will give them some extra needed comfort in laying eggs and it will make them well behaved. Here I am describing almost everything about quail nesting boxes.
Necessity of Nesting Boxes for Quails
Probably you are doing quail farming business commercially or raising a few quails as pet or for fulfilling family nutritional demands. Whatever your goal is, nesting boxes is very essential for all purposes. Quail nesting boxes provide them a calm, quiet, secure and comfortable place for laying eggs. Quails also use nesting boxes as roosting place. You can collect eggs from one place. Providing some nesting boxes also help to make your birds well behaved.
Behavior of Quails Without Nesting Boxes
Due to lack of proper nesting boxes, the behavior of your laying quails might reflect their anxiety. Especially, if a laying quail is reproducing but is not relaxed yet. She might do unusual activities and act in an unusually fidgety manner prior to depositing her eggs. The quails without nesting boxes available, might lay eggs here and there around their house that can cause damage in eggs. So, try to provide your laying quails an attractive, secure and comfortable nest box.
Setting Up Quail Nesting Boxes
Setup the nesting boxes in a suitable place, so that the birds can easily access the boxes. You can tied up the boxes to the quail’s enclosure structure, slightly off the ground. You can also place the boxes on the ground in a private (corner or calm side) location. Nesting materials are also very important. You can use some common and mostly used nesting materials. Quails like smooth materials for this purpose. Generally corn husks, hay, leaves and straw are used as nesting materials for quails. Some people also use fake grass, but quails usually don’t like this type of items. Whatever the materials you use, ensure that it is comfortable for your laying birds.
Covering is very important for quail nesting boxes. Usually quails greatly appreciate the cover. Overhead, two sides or three sides covering nest box provide them more secure and private environment. Ample cover help the bird if you are raising them in an aviary. It make an appropriate substitute for a nesting box. Cover is also very effective for making your birds feel more comfortable and easing frustration. Shrubs are effective forms of cover, if your aviary is located outside. Straw, screens, fake plants etc. work well as cover for indoor aviary. When nesting, the presence of cover often enables quail to follow their instincts.
Button Quail and Nests
All types of quails are not enthusiastic in nesting boxes. There are some breeds available who have no interest in nesting and seldom make nest. Button quail (Coturnix chinensis) is a good example of this types of bird. They usually don’t depend on nest. They use holes in sand as nesting instead. But many of this type of birds opt instead to deposit their eggs anywhere they like, usually in an unsystematic and random manner.
Once again, comfortable, safe and secure nesting boxes provide a suitable living environment for your quails. If you wish to raise some quails on your backyard, ensure good living environment for them. Nutritious feeding, fresh water, good environment and adequate comfortable nesting boxes help your birds to live and produce happily.