Can Bobwhites be kept with Coturnix quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Rebacopter32, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. Rebacopter32

    Rebacopter32 Out Of The Brooder

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    I apologize if this has been asked before. My father bought me a bobwhite, mistaking it for a coturnix. The lovely employees even called it a coturnix. I'm stuck with it now. Can they be safely kept with coturnix quail, or do I need to work something else out?
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    If you just have one, yes you can probably keep this bird with Coturnix.

    What sex is the Bobwhite? (white and black mask on the face is a male, buff colored face is a female).

    It probably doesn't matter what sex it is. Actually females can be more aggressive than males. But being just one Bob, this single bird is unlike to bother the other Coturnix.

    Of course watch them all carefully to make sure. Introduce the new bird slowly from a sectioned off part of the pen or cage. Don't just mix in a new bird to an existing flock. Can cause chaos and blood shed. Keep the new bird separated by wire for a couple weeks. Everybody sees, nobody touches. After a couple weeks you should be able to mix them together without too much arguing.
     
  3. k3burton

    k3burton New Egg

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    i put mine together and they are fine 6 bobs and 5 coturnix they are in a big area tho
     
  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While I would not want to find out the hard way, here is a link to another forum where 2 species of quail were kept together. The bobwhite can be very territorial during mating season.
    James
     
  5. Rebacopter32

    Rebacopter32 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice! She's a female. She doesn't seem to be aggressive, just skittish.I think it should be okay... If they fight then it will give me an excuse to start a bobwhite flock or something. Thanks again.
     

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