Quail cage build made easy with step-by-step instructions and demonstration. Material list and cut list included!
- 14 – 2″ x 2″ pine boards
- 5 – 1″ x 2″ pine boards 2′ x 3′ plywood (for roof)
- 2-1/2″ screws
- 24″ wide 1/2″ hardware cloth – 19 gauge
- 3 – 36″ oil trays (I get mine from Auto Zone or Advanced Auto. $10 to $11 ea.)
- 6 – 2″ hinges
- 3 – 2″ latches
Tools You’ll Need:
To begin building the quail cage, let’s get all of our boards cut and ready for assembly.
Out of the 2″ x 2″ boards, cut:
- 4 – 70″ boards
- 15 – 21″ boards
- 14 – 36 1/2″ boards
- 3 – 10 1/2″ boards
Out of the 1″ x 2″ boards, cut:
- 9 – 19 1/2″ boards
- 6 – 36″ boards
Step 1: quail cage sides
Now I love a clamp so get yours ready. We will only be using 2″ x 2″ boards in this first part of the build so put your 1″ x 2″ boards aside for now.
- Place a little glue on both ends of a 21″ board and clamp to one end of the 70″ board. Pre-drill starter hole for your convenience and then attach with the screw.
- Attach a 70″ board to the other end of the 21″ board to create the top level (roof edge) of the cage.
- Measure down 12″ from the top on both 70″ boards and mark. Add glue to both ends of 21″ board and screw into place.
- Go down 15-1/2″ from the top on both 70″ boards and mark. Add glue to both ends of 21″ board and screw into place. We will continue this process with the following measurements as follows.
- 27-1/2″ from the top, glue, screw into place.
- 31″ from the top, glue, screw into place.
- 43″ from the top, glue, screw into place.
- And lastly, 46-1/2″ from the top, glue, screw 21″ board into place. It should look like the image above.
You have completed one side of your quail cage. Congratulations! You are well on your way. Now repeat this process for the other side.
Step 2: how to join the sides
First, we will ONLY join the backside of the quail cage together. You will need 7 – 36 1/2″ boards.
- Join the 2 sides together at the top.
- Align a 36 1/2″ board with the 21″ board that created the side. See photo above.
- Continue this process all the way down wherever there is a 21″ board on the side.
Step 3: how to build the front
- Take 2 – 36 1/2″ boards and place a mark at 17 1/2″.
- Join the 10 1/2″ board at the 17 1/2″ mark on both 36 1/2″ boards. Always glueing both ends and then screwing into place.
You have just framed out the front of one of your quail cages. Now repeat this process for the other two cages.
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Step 4: front assembly
- Attach one of the quail cage frames you just made to the sides beginning at the top.
- Continue this process for the other two cage fronts.
- Place a 36 1/2″ board along bottom, aligned with 21′ side board. This is for your bottom tray.
Step 5: it’s time to build the doors
- Measure the opening where you want the door to be hung.
- Subtract 1/4″ to 3/8″ from the horizontal measurement and cut 2 pieces.
- For the vertical pieces we will need to subtract the width of the horizontal pieces as well. Therefore, take you vertical measurements and subtract 3-1/4″ and cut 2 boards to that size.
- Join together as shown above with wood glue and screws.
- Cover with hardware cloth.
Repeat this process for the remaining two doors making adjustments in size when needed. Sometimes it takes a little tweaking. At least for me anyway.
For the floor we will use the 1″ x 2″ boards.
Step 6: quail cage removable floor
Here we will go through the same process as the doors except we’ll be measuring the inside where the floor will go AND we will be using 1″ x 2″ boards instead of the 2″ x 2″.
- Measure horizontally the inside opening where the floor will go and subtract 1/4″ from the horizontal measurement. Cut 3 sticks of wood (1 for center to add stability).
- Now measure the vertical width, subtract 3-1/4″ from the measurement and cut 2 sticks of wood.
- Join together with wood glue and screws.
Here you can use smaller screws if you want or need to because the boards are thinner. Place inside floor area and test for size. You may need to trim a tad but not a problem! I hate having to take something apart and redo but sometimes you just have to. So take it apart and give it a little trim. The glue hasn’t had time to set and you’ll be so glad you did when it comes time to remove the quail cage floors for cleaning.
- Cover with hardware cloth.
- Screw through outer 2″ x 2″ board into the 1″ x 2″ board to hold into place.
Repeat this process for the other two floors.
Step 7: the finishing touches
Now it’s time to hang the doors and add the hardware cloth.
- Staple hardware cloth to both ends and the back. It’s okay to cover the tray slot on these areas if you like or you can measure and cut cloth to fit the cage opening only. It’s your choice.
- Hang the door on the front and then add hardware cloth to the front opening only. DO NOT cover the opening where the tray will go.
- Nail or screw the 2′ x 3′ sheet of plywood to the top of the quail cage for the roof.
- Add trays
Your quail cage is ready for it’s new inhabitants.
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