Coturnix in elevated cage in Chicken run?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by lilychemgirl, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. lilychemgirl

    lilychemgirl In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2009
    Hi All,
    We have 11 hens, outside with a shed and run, but they generally free range during the day. We recently got some quail (2 hens and 1 roo so far, they're about 8 weeks now, 8 more fertile eggs in the incubator), who at the moment live in a cage in our living room.
    We were planning to eventually house them in an elevated cage attached to the outside wall of our chicken shed. They would be probably 3-5 feet off the ground, with a solid floor (and wood shavings), and with no physical contact with the hens. We have a friend who houses his quail in this way, and he has (so far, it is relatively early days) had no problems with disease.
    Since our hens free range over our whole property the quail would probably have less contact with the hens if kept in this way than if kept in a cage on the ground outside, and we would prefer not to have to have another cage of poultry in our already cluttered suburban backyard... how risky is this in terms of disease transfer? Has anyone housed quail successfully near their chickens? Is there any problem with diseases being passed from the quail to the chooks, or only from the chooks to the quail? Is it more risky because the quail have been raised indoors? So far we haven't particularly taken precautions to avoid contamination (although it is reasonably unlikely, except perhaps by someone not taking their shoes off after being in the chicken-poopy garden).
    Thanks in advance,
  2. pascopol

    pascopol Songster

    Jan 6, 2009
    Tampa Bay
    I keep my 40+ coturnix quail in wire cages inside 10X15X7 chain link dog kennel. This way predators can't get them.

    For the night some of my bantam chicks goes inside the kennel and they roost next to quail overnight locked up.

    So far no desease problem.

    I do not advocate keeping chickens with quail, but so far I am getting away with it.
  3. crperdue

    crperdue Songster

    Oct 30, 2008
    Lake Waccamaw, NC
    I have a few different elevated cages inside my chicken run.
    I've got rabbits, bantam ducks, chicks, and yes quail in them.
    Mine have wire flooring so the spilled feed and manure falls
    into the litter where it get stirred up by the chickens.

    Stole the idea from Joel Salatin. No wasted feed and no
    ugly piles of manure under the cages.

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