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Quail with Chickens, can you do it?

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I have a friend that will give me some quail eggs to incubate. I would love to incubate them and have some, but can I keep them in the same coop with my chickens?
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Chickens can carry a disease that will kill quail, so it would be best to keep them in separate coops/pens. Are they coturnix quail? Coturnix quail don't need much space and you can keep 1 male and 4 or 5 females in a rabbit hutch, any more males (per females) can cause overbreeding. Quail are fun to keep though and their eggs are so little and cute! Good luck :).

17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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17+ pigeons, about 20 coturnix quail, 10 chickens and 2 angora rabbits
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post #3 of 9
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Can you vaccinate the quail for the disease,and what is it called, I have two rabbit hutches but I use them for baby chickens (chicks). You say I need seperate coop and run or just coop?
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No you cannot vaccinate the quail for the diseases that chickens carry.  They need separate everything, and service your quail enclosures first before you touch anything that has to do with chickens.  If the place you are thinking of housing your quail ever had chickens in it you will need to disinfect it and if it is open to the ground you need to replace the first few inches of topsoil.

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The diseases we worry about in particular are coryza, MG, and blackhead. Those are three of a large host of diseases with no vaccines, treatments, or cures. Search the forum there about 17 trillon posts asking if you can keep quail with chickens and what will happen when you do...
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Ok y'all know what you are talking about what birds are safe to keep with chickens, besides more chickens?
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at the risk of getting severely trounced,  I will say I have talked to a few people who have been keeping quail and chickens on the same ground, one of them for 8 years, without a problem.  

True, if your chickens have an illness, or are a carrier for something, that might get passed to your quail.  I would imagine but don't know, that it might also work in reverse.

 

You aren't supposed to keep turkeys and chickens together either, because of blackhead, but people do.  

 

Its a risk!  Probably like going to a poultry show, or showing your birds, or bringing home another bird and not quarantining.  You might not ever have a problem, or you might wipe out your flock/covey.

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post #8 of 9

Yeah it's just not worth the risk to me.  I look at my cute quail that give me delicious eggs every day without fail and I would not risk them getting sick and having a horrific death just so they can be with my chickens for whatever reason (convenience?)  It's worth every minute of extra time and square foot of extra space it takes to keep them separate.

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Do chickens in Australia carry the same disease?  We put our 4 older quail in with the chickens the other day after a work mate bought two of our recently hatched ones and asked.  I said I would try mine and let her know although she wanted the two quail for the bottom of a bird cage.  The chickens weren't interested in the quail and the quail, who are in a converted cubby house with wooden floor and hay covering it, thought they were in heaven.  They loved scratching around in the dirt and finding bugs.  We left them in there for the day and put them back in their own house by evening where they have remained as they can't eat what we feed the chickens (food too big) and the chickens would gobble up the quail food in seconds, so we thought unless we can make a feeder that only the quail can use we can't put the in there anyway.  Wasn't aware of the disease risk.​

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