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Can quail and bantams get along?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by quailz123, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. quailz123

    quailz123 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have the both of them in the same cage wondering if the bantam will sit on the quail eggs since the quails won't? What do you think?
     
  2. VickieB57

    VickieB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of cage do you have them in? I have a coop for my bantams but I let them out in the morning.
     
  3. quailz123

    quailz123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Small like a box wide
     
  4. VickieB57

    VickieB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that bantams will sit quail eggs, but I think the banty has to go broody first; in other words, she probably needs to already be sitting on her own eggs. (I very well could be wrong on this! It's what I've picked up listening to others.)

    Do others here keep their bantams in cages? I've let mine have the run of the yard. I only have 3. Pretty soon I'll only have 1. (2 seem to want to crow, and I live in town. :/ )
     
  5. quailz123

    quailz123 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well today I proved that they don't, the bantam kept charging with all her force to my poor little a&m 's they don't have feathers anymore so I separated them bad ideA.. But now ill wait till the bantam gets broody and put her some quail eggs.
     
  6. SeptemberQuail

    SeptemberQuail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, chickens are more likely to squish or kill the quail and don't do well together, as well as the fact that chickens have a type of disease which can kill quail (not sure what, this is just from what I've been told) if being kept together or near each other. Apparently whatever the disease is, it isn't as harmful to chickens.

    Also, when your hen goes broody, I'd suggest removing the chicken eggs (if you weren't already doing so) and replacing them with quail eggs instead because if you compare the sizes... chicken chicks are almost as big as adult quail so there could be bullying involved with the chicken chicks bullying the quail chicks, unless you have a brooder to separate the species.

    Oh! And one more thing, there's this cute little video on youtube of a broody chicken hen hatching a quail chick:

    You should check it out if you have the time. Its very cute. :)
     
  7. John4ds

    John4ds Out Of The Brooder

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    I have one female bantam in with about 30 quail. They do fine together. Thr bantam hen is currently broody, and I have her on quail eggs.
     

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