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Hi all! I'm getting 12 coturnix quail tomorrow and I'm new to them in general. I do have chickens, but never had quail. Any tips, do's or dont's? I was going to put them in an extra tractor supply brand chicken coop I have sitting around, but wasn't sure if they will climb the ramp up to the hutch/roost. Are there any special things they need? Also, I'm getting males and females, will they all be ok together or do I need to separate them?
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Hi all! I'm getting 12 coturnix quail tomorrow and I'm new to them in general. I do have chickens, but never had quail. Any tips, do's or dont's? I was going to put them in an extra tractor supply brand chicken coop I have sitting around, but wasn't sure if they will climb the ramp up to the hutch/roost. Are there any special things they need?

Quail require a higher protein than chicken feed. Most game bird feeds should have enough though. Quail don't generally roost either.

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Thanks! Any particular brand or protein percentage I should look for?
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One male to all the females or split them into separate groups. I use purina gamebird starter from birth to death its 30% protein and i always had good luck with it. I think tractor supply has a 24% turkey starter that'll also work. If you can, put the pen up off the ground use 1/2 inch hardware cloth on bottom so they can poop through it put a piece of plywood about 2 feet under the pen makes cleaning up alot easier. If its total wire bottom add a sand bath not deep i used 1/2 plywood with 2x2 sides. Also add some half milk jugs they like to hide in them.
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You can feed them 20% protein chicken layer feed once they are mature if you can't find anything else with a higher protein level. You can't keep two males together or bad things will happen. 

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Thanks for the info! They are already mature, and the hens are already laying, so since they aren't growing could I use the 20% chicken layer feed? And a friend of mine has her quail in an old converted horse stall and has 2 or 3 males with about 6 females. She hasn't had any fighting but the stall she has them in is huge, much bigger than the structures I'll be keeping mine in.
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Thanks for the info! They are already mature, and the hens are already laying, so since they aren't growing could I use the 20% chicken layer feed? And a friend of mine has her quail in an old converted horse stall and has 2 or 3 males with about 6 females. She hasn't had any fighting but the stall she has them in is huge, much bigger than the structures I'll be keeping mine in.

I actually have 2 males with 4 females right now, but I'll be reducing it to 1 this weekend when I have time to process it. Your males will let you know if they're overcrowded, they'll scalp each other. It's a horrible thing to see, so I would suggest not more than 1 in a small space with 6 hens.

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