Brooder - can i use the same for brooding baby chickens and quails

Discussion in 'Quail' started by scatteredeggs, May 26, 2011.

  1. scatteredeggs

    scatteredeggs Chirping

    May 2, 2011

    I am building a brooder. Can i use the same structure to brood baby chickens and baby quails (at different times/batches)?

    i will use deep litter method where the wood shavings used as bedding will not be replaced but just topped off after every batch, (to promote immunity to coccidiosis).

    i admit not having read/researched much about quail brooding.

    is anyone in the forum doing this or should i have separate brooders for baby chicks and baby quails?

    thanks in advance for your advices

  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    You probably won't be able to do deep litter with coturnix, they just stink too badly. But you can use the same brooder for quail or chicks. If you are worried about disease transfer (shouldn't be if you have no disease in your flock) make sure to clean it real well and sanitize it with a bleach or Oxine solution in between species.
  3. And don't forget that putting the brooder out in direct sunlight for a few days works as a disinfectant. I would still bleach but the sun is wonderful. My father always used the same brooder for chickens and quail/pheasants.

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