I received an email the other day asking if I have ever tried raising quail pastured in a salatin pen? Even though I had heard about it, I had never really researched the idea. Since I am a firm believer in raising quail on wire, anything that involves putting them on the ground usually doesn’t interest me.
However, pastured quail raising could be the answer to all the problems I have with quail being on the ground. Even though the cages are somewhat heavy the are movable. So instead of having to move the quail to another pen in three months and turn the ground over in the pen they just came from, you just move the whole pen.
Nevertheless, i see two potential problems, one being the heat with the tin or metal roofs it could become much to hot for the quail inside the pen. I don’t think that using a normal white paint or something of that nature reducing the amount of heat that much. I see only two possible solutions to this problem and I’m not sure that they would work. One would be to use a real heavy coat of that rubberized paint on the metal that is used on the roofs of campers. The other solution could be to use that roll on bed liner pretty thick, since it only comes in black you would probably want to paint it white. These both can be put on very thick which may work.
Anybody that has ever raised quail knows how much predators love quail meat and eggs, this could be another problem. Even though the bottom of the pen are said to be predator proof, there isn’t anything on the floor. So the digging predators still have easy access. The easiest solution would probably defeat the purpose of the pen somewhat and that would be putting a wire mesh on the bottom of the cage. The other answer would be to dig a trench around the whole pen and sink wire mesh in that a minimum of one to one and a half feet deep.
Both of these minor adjustments probably sound harder than they would really be. I’m not aware of anyone that has tried pasture raising quail but I think with taking the right precautions it’s worth a shot.