Button Quail and Diamond Dove Enclosure
Luis Ortiz Matos
(I want to thank Luis for sharing this Information & Pictures with IDS)
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Coroplast: (Used for Advertisement Signs), Available almost anywhere from $10.00 to $30.00 for a 4'x8' sheet. Very sturdy, waterproof and extremely lightweight and smooth for easy cleaning. Comes in a variety of colors, even transparent! You can find directions for measurements HERE
Organization Cubes: Found at most retail stores that sell home decor, office supplies. Target, Wal*Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond. DO NOT use K*Marts. They are different. $10.00 - $30.00 depending on how big you might want to go or even more.
Cable Ties: Regular Cable ties. I recommend you buy them from Lowes or Home Depot. You will use all of of these. Once on the cage they are barely noticeable.
Support Branches/Dowels: 4 36'" to support the wire cage. 1/2'"works well. Very Important! Top must have a very strong stick across and attached securely. I used a 1.00 Bamboo stick from Home Depot.
Misc Items: the size of this cage is: 42" long X 28" high X 42" high. You can make the measurements any size you want. Note: width & length would have to correspond with the size of the Organization Cubes you purchase.
Hardy and used for many finch aviaries. 10" pot used for this enclosure.
Aspen Bedding: Cheap and not toxic like Pine! Pine causes respiratory problems. Aspen also doesn’t smell so bad.
Sand Box: Buttons love sand. I converted an un-used kitty litter tray.
Potted Growing edible Plants: From all natural seed mixtures found at local pest shops or feed stores. Grown in non-toxic potting soil inside the new plastic Gerber containers. Holes put in the bottom for drainage. Plants will sprout in 3-5 days. Cable ties used to support. They can be easily removed and replaced.
Anyone thinking about making a nice sized cage that is affordable and a great weekend project this is it! I love the way this enclosure ended up and I can't wait to make it 6' high! and start on another one! This enclosure in total was $60.00 for me. It may be more or less depending on how cheep you can find the materials. You might question the portability of this cage. Lift the cage itself and separate it from the "coroplast" remove the tape on the "coroplast" and remove a few attachments and fold it! That simple!
Thanks and Enjoy! If you have any questions or comments you can contact Luis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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