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Good Quail breeds for outdoor pets

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Virus, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about getting a few quail as pets but the only ones I've found that seem good are button quail and must be kept inside. I have a run outside and would like them living out there. I won't be eating them they will be pets if I get any and I was just wondering what breeds are the best for this purpose. Thanks!
     
  2. DK newbie

    DK newbie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there!
    I have seen this stated before, that buttons must be kept inside or can't handle freezing temperatures. However, I've also read that some people do keep them outside, without any problem. They just make sure they have plenty of shelter, water that can't freeze and a dry place with lots of straw and spruce branches to hide in and under, when it is cold.
    I won't say for sure that this will be fine, however. I've only had buttons since February and where as they are not exactly inside, they are under a roof and behind walls, so the temperatures might stay a little higher than outside, in the winter - and I'm not sure it has been freezing in there at all, since I got them. There might also be differences in the captive strains of button quail. Danish buttons might be more cold resistant on average than buttons from the US.
    But I wouldn't rule out buttons, just because people 'say' that they need to be inside. They are delightful little creatures, from my current experiences, I can only recommend them.
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2015
  3. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You mention a run. There isn't chicken in the run is there? Chicken will make your quail sick.
     
  4. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for telling me this! Button quail seemed perfect but I don't want the poultry inside. Thank you again.
     
  5. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually have a garden that I fenced off to keep it away for my chickens and I thought that would be perfect for them.
     
  6. orumpoultry

    orumpoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a covered garden? Quail are excellent fliers. Its a survival instinct.
     
  7. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I get quail I will be putting netting over but that was to keep out hawks. The garden doesn't have enough tree coverage to keep them safe and it will keep out cats and raccoons.
     
  8. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Netting probably won't keep raccoons out.
     
  9. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't doubt they'll get in but my two coops have been keeping them away from my chickens and duck at night so I'll get them same kind.
     
  10. kingmt

    kingmt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I knew I had raccoons I'd have a trap set up.
     

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