How much room do coturnix need?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Cherlyn, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an aviary with 18 square feet of floor space. How many quail can I safely keep in there?

    Thanks!

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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Supposedly it's 1 sq ft per bird, but I have mine in smaller areas than this and they do fine.
     
  3. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wow! I cannot imagine having 18 of the little guys/gals in there - will have to be very careful opening and closing the aviary door. I will have to make some changes so I can do as much as possible from the outside of the aviary (relocate feeders and drinkers, for one)!

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  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I have 10 jumbo birds in a cage that is 30" x 36", so supposedly enough to have 7 birds in there (technically 7.5 birds [​IMG]). They have plenty of room, and there were 12 birds in there before. They also have a long metal feeder in there, and a roasting pan for a dust bath. They still have plenty of room.
     
  5. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Excellent - that gets rid of a big worry! I will put in some large long feeders tomorrow, and a dustbath.

    But, about the budgies - they seem to adore the quail food, and occasionally try to bully away the coturnix from their food. Any way I can discourage them from this?

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  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    They bully the coturnix from the coturnix's food? Or from the budgie's food? I don't think the quail's food would hurt the budgies, but I'm not sure. I fed my budgies pellets when I had some, so it's not all that different I wouldn't think.
     
  7. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From the coturnixes (coturnii?) food. [​IMG]

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  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Just make sure there is more than one place for them to eat, and they won't be able to bully them too badly. They'll get along eventually [​IMG]
     

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