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Button quail and silkies housed together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Shared Acres, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I have a large coop with 1" holes in the fencing.

    I have never had Button Quail before, about to hopefully hatch some.

    Will brood in the house and when they are full grown--can they go outside in the coop?

    AND, if so, if I let the Silkies get adjusted to them, should they all live ok?

  2. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Northern California
    When I got button quail, I asked the same question. A vet told me that I should keep them separated because housing the two together can increase parasite transmission. I guess there are some worms that prefer quail. When housed with chickens, the quail worms will transmit to the chickens.
  3. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Parasites should not be a big deal. Especially if you keep the coop clean. What is a problem is that small adult buttons and juveniles may fit through 1" holes and even small chickens are likely to crush or peck them to death. Think about sticking a bunch of recently hatched chicks out there. Buttons aren't much bigger than a bantam chick when grown and probably smaller than a lot of standard chicks. Also if buttons escape out the door they will not return and if in an outdoor pen predators are a huge problem because even smaller things like rats and squirrels can kill buttons. It could probably be done but the risk is very high you will lose lots of buttons.
  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Akane-Thanks. That's what I'm afraid of.

    We don't have a problem with squirrels at all suprisingly, and the run is covered.

    I do worry about the other Silkies to them.

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