Can I bring my month old coturnix quail chicks outside to "play"?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by MelissaRose, May 20, 2019.

  1. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose Songster

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    Hello all!
    I have four, month- five week old coturnix quail chicks and I am wondering if I can bring them outside to play. I usually bring my chicken chicks outside when they're about two weeks old and I sit with them and let them scratch in the grass and find bugs etc.
    Can I do the same thing with my quail?
    Right now they are living inside in a brooder. They are going to move outside sometime soon when we finish their hutch. I thought it might be good for them to get used to outside and I bet they would enjoy hunting for bugs. If I don't have a cage and I just bring them out and sit next to them like I do with my chicks, will they just run/fly away?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Evelyn Walker

    Evelyn Walker Chirping

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    That's not a very good idea-you'll probably never see them again. I don't suggest letting them out unless you are positive you can catch them again afterwards (a net is helpful). Coturnix sure can fly!
     
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  3. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted To Birds

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    Personally I would not allow my quail to be outdoors without a cage, they are FAST little buggers! Unless you’ve really tamed these birds, it’s highly likely you won’t be able to catch them and they will fly or run off to be gotten by predators.
     
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  4. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose Songster

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    Ok, thanks for the advice. I'd rather not lose them because they are pets and will be egg layers.
    No, I have not tamed them very much and they run away from me when they escape in the house so....I guess I better not bring them outside.
     
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  5. MelissaRose

    MelissaRose Songster

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    Would it be ok to give them a pan with dirt in it? That way they could stay in their brooder and enjoy some dirt?
     
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  6. HuffleClaw

    HuffleClaw Addicted To Birds

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    That’s perfectly fine. I’m sure they’d love that :)
     
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  7. MelissaRose

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    Ok, that's what I'll do then! Thank you for the advice. I will let everyone know how they react to their dirt. They'll probably go crazy.
     
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  8. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

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    As everyone has stated, not a good idea to put them outside without a cage. Putting a box of dirt in their broader will make them happy.
     
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  9. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

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    Quail are probably the absolute lowest critter on the food chain, I mean, everything loves to eat quail!
     
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  10. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Crowing

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    Quail should ALWAYS be contained when outside, or you'll lose them. You could put them in a big dog cage and set that outside, but they need supervision in anything not predator-proofed.
     
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