In Japan, where for the first time domesticated wild common quail, there is a belief that a cell with quail, located in the apartment brings health, well-being and prosperity to the family. There it is customary to start every morning with the fresh raw egg of your household, and in the evening to thank the bird for the gifts.
More and more often in our country you can meet quails in a city apartment and there are objective reasons for this. First, quail care is no different from that of any other domestic birds: they need warmth, light, adequate nutrition and hygiene of the home. Secondly, every day a female quail brings one egg that can be eaten and which contains a huge amount of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In families where there are allergic children, quail eggs are an indispensable product, so more families are being decided to have a home “quail mini-farm”.
The rules for keeping quails in an apartment do not differ much from those in sparrows. The main question for beginners is the question of where to put the cage, so that the quails are comfortable, and the household did not interfere. There can be many options. The only thing that is worth remembering is never put a cage with birds in the nursery and in the bedroom.
Let’s consider some variants of accommodation of a cell with quails in an apartment.
1. The cage can be placed in the bathroom. The advantages of this accommodation are that there will be constant access to water, which facilitates the cleaning process in the cage, the bathroom has good ventilation and is well heated. In addition, the floor in the bathroom is usually covered with tiles, from which it is easy to collect that garbage, which is sure to be poured from the cage. The downside is that birds need a light for a comfortable existence in the daytime, and therefore the light in the bathroom can not be turned off during the day. And if someone from the household forgets forgetfulness, the light will turn off, the quail will cease to be carried.
2. The cage is placed in a corridor in a closet. Of the advantages, one can note only the fact that the birds will be more or less isolated from the main rooms of the apartment, and to a lesser extent will interfere with their cries. However, the issue of ventilation arises. There is a need to arrange forced ventilation, which must be thought through and organized so that the quail as a result is not under a draft that is deadly to these birds.
3. The cage is placed in the kitchen. There it is warm, isolated from the main rooms, next to it there is a source of water necessary for cleaning in a cage. But also here it is necessary to watch, that the cell did not stand on a draft and under direct sun rays.
Another factor that must be taken into account before starting a quail in an apartment is to provide birds with enough heat; quail are characterized by increased thermophilic properties. However, everything here is simple: in the process of life, adult birds release into the environment a large amount of heat from the body. Because it’s enough to just cover the cage with a dense cloth and the birds will be able to heat themselves.
It is worth remembering the provision of feathered friends with a quality full-fledged varied diet. Quails are very sensitive to the quality of food and can stop rushing when there is a shortage of certain vitamins, microelements and amino acids.
And the last thing to remember. If you live with a predatory animal (cat, ferret, rat, dog), then the cage needs to be placed in a place that is as far as possible inaccessible to them.
And the rest of the quail care is the same as for wavy parrots.
Quail in the apartment