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if you have chickens can you raise quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by chickbird, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. chickbird

    chickbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have about 60 chickens and would like to raise quail and if i do this how do i need to set up the quail pens? what disease do chickens have that quail can get? where would quail pens need to be in relation to the chicken pens? thanks
     
  2. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    quail pens should probably be 100ft away IF YOU CAN depends on how much space you have if you have hardly any 10ft away then the farther away the better. And chickens can give quail and other gamebirds lotofdiseases
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The two breeds need separate pens. In other words chickens living with chickens in their separate coop & quail living with quail in their separate coop.They can be side by side. The trick is keeping chicken poop out of the quail pen & visa verse. I usually blow my shoes off with an air compressor before going in the coops some people have different shoes they wear into different coops. Another thing to consider is washing your hands before you clean & fill their waterers. I'm not a fanatic about this but I'm cautious & try & to be consistent. Best thing to do is try & keep all birds healthy. Give them clean water at all times is very important & plenty of feed. Here's a picture of two pens side by side. One pen has chickens the other has Bob Whites. I'm no avian specialist but so far all has gone well.[​IMG]
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Not true, most diseases transferred from chickens to quail are respiratory, aka AIRBORNE, diseases. Best rule of thumb, keep your quail as far away from your chickens as you can, and always tend the quail first. Most any disease that chickens can get can be passed on to gamebirds, the problem is the most of these diseases don't kill the chickens but are detrimental to gamebirds. The most common diseases are coryza and mycoplasma, but there are several others.
     
  5. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are the chances of this happening? Mine have been living like this for quite awhile. Shelley are you an avian specialist. There's one where I live & I have spoken to him about my set up & he said it should be fine. Like I said I'm no specialist but there's no guarantees in any body's life. Heck your chickens can get sick from the wild birds in your yard. I'm not saying your wrong but again for you to say they can't be side by side is not so because I'm doing it. Will they get sick I sure hope not. But again heck I could get sick tonight & die you never know. Go to the zoo they have every known species living side by side. Could they get sick from the others well certainly. People live side by side & get sick all the time from each other.
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:You're doing it because apparently your birds are not carrying any diseases. It's an awful way to learn that your chickens carry coryza or mycoplasma by waking up to a bunch of dead quail. Better safe than sorry and keep them well away from each other. I'm not an expert but I've read enough on here to know that keeping them in close proximity with chickens is only asking for trouble.
     
  7. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:You're doing it because apparently your birds are not carrying any diseases. It's an awful way to learn that your chickens carry coryza or mycoplasma by waking up to a bunch of dead quail. Better safe than sorry and keep them well away from each other. I'm not an expert but I've read enough on here to know that keeping them in close proximity with chickens is only asking for trouble.

    ABSOLUTELY CORRECT
     
  8. gmendoza

    gmendoza Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now I have chickens and quail, but my quail have elevated pens and are about 10 feet away and outside of the chicken run. I go in to feed the chickens in the morning, and DW feeds the quail, so there is no transfer of disease, if any to any fouls.

    Now I did have a post on here that I did have some quail directly in the same coop and run with the chickens. They did well. Would I recommend it? No. those quail did get pecked on, not bad, but still they were missing some feathers. Was it the wisest choice? Not really, but it was sort of an experiment in bird management and health. Did any of my quail die? No. and they are still alive, laying eggs and very healthy. Mostly it was for coolness, and for repair of their pens. We don’t have a garage, nor extra empty sheds.

    I would side on caution, and experience from some of the more experienced aviary keepers on here about keeping chickens with quail. Learn from them. Mine was a fluke, a one in a million, but I had to try.

    Would I do it again?…NO.

    Too many things can and will go wrong.
     
  9. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I have both. They are away from eachother, but I've had a hen or two free range and decided to roost on the pens. I'll be enclosing them soon. With the weather on it's way to getting cold I need to have an area that keeps the elements out, plus lighting. I'm building a frame and using lattice to enclose, then growing climbing plants around it. The enclosure itself will hold the lighting.

    I feed and water the quail first. Do any cleaning and then move on to the chickkens and rabbits. Quail are always first, but I'll also be housing the rabbits in the same enclosure once I manage to get supplies and get it up.
     
  10. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You're doing it because apparently your birds are not carrying any diseases. It's an awful way to learn that your chickens carry coryza or mycoplasma by waking up to a bunch of dead quail. Better safe than sorry and keep them well away from each other. I'm not an expert but I've read enough on here to know that keeping them in close proximity with chickens is only asking for trouble.

    Guess no one really knows time catches up with all living things. Its not if its when. If someone like the OP ask a question as asked I would answer it the same way I did. The reason I would is because I'm doing it ,are I've experienced what their asking. If I have not experienced the situation I would let the OP know that its something I've read about . Ive learned alot on this site but one thing I've learned is don't believe everything you read. I guess animals are like people there's no two exactly alike. Obviously I'm gonna leave my birds as they are I too hope they live a healthy life you just never know. Its a game called life. Tonight's another night some stinking predator could possibly get into my coop & wipe me out I hope not but again I read about it all the time.
     

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