Is it possible to potty train a quail?

Jpat

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i called mine indoor chickens, Fresh eggs all winter :drool The rooster scared the heck right out of my cat when he crowed :lau

ide compare the mess as the same as a hamster, except they scratch and kick all the shaving on the floor

Mine never got to the point that they enjoyed my company, but they knew when i was going to feed them
 

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Birds are actually pretty smart creatures. Quail are often thought of as pretty dumb and I can a test to having owned some very ditzy quail. :p

There was a big study done at a university in Texas on training Coturnix quail to pick out colors, shapes and count, somewhere there is a video of all this and they indeed learned how to do all of these things. Pretty amazing stuff!

I had trained my quail with a dog clicker to go inside their enclosure at night or during times of emergency, aviary clean up, etc... all 35 of them would file in and not a one was left outside. Several of them learned their names and came when called and some learned to get on my lap by patting my leg.

I used to keep Lovebirds, a type of very small parrot and while parrots are known to be smart, the tinier they are, the dumber they can be! This little bird named Skeebie was a pooper. I mean every 10 mins this bird was pooping! She loved to hang out with me while I sat around on the couch and it got really tiring to just sit down with her and there she goes! So I began to train her to poop on command. I held her on my finger and bounced her up and down while saying the word Poop. Of course if she had just gone, this might take a while to wait out. The moment I saw she was going to poop, I said the word Poop. After many months of this, eventually she DID learn to poop on command! Sometimes she just couldn't go, but I am telling you, she pooped on command.

So, all this being said, if you worked with your quail, I am sure you could train a quail to use a place in your home or area of their enclosure to do their business.
 

Qquails899

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Birds are actually pretty smart creatures. Quail are often thought of as pretty dumb and I can a test to having owned some very ditzy quail. :p

There was a big study done at a university in Texas on training Coturnix quail to pick out colors, shapes and count, somewhere there is a video of all this and they indeed learned how to do all of these things. Pretty amazing stuff!

I had trained my quail with a dog clicker to go inside their enclosure at night or during times of emergency, aviary clean up, etc... all 35 of them would file in and not a one was left outside. Several of them learned their names and came when called and some learned to get on my lap by patting my leg.

I used to keep Lovebirds, a type of very small parrot and while parrots are known to be smart, the tinier they are, the dumber they can be! This little bird named Skeebie was a pooper. I mean every 10 mins this bird was pooping! She loved to hang out with me while I sat around on the couch and it got really tiring to just sit down with her and there she goes! So I began to train her to poop on command. I held her on my finger and bounced her up and down while saying the word Poop. Of course if she had just gone, this might take a while to wait out. The moment I saw she was going to poop, I said the word Poop. After many months of this, eventually she DID learn to poop on command! Sometimes she just couldn't go, but I am telling you, she pooped on command.

So, all this being said, if you worked with your quail, I am sure you could train a quail to use a place in your home or area of their enclosure to do their business.
Wow, that's pretty amazing! But first, I want to tame them (they don't run away from my hand, but they don't stand on it yet and always escape if I try to hold them) and maybe teach them to come when called. That would be great. Maybe I will put diapers on them until they get fully tamed and I might start training them after that, just so they don't ruin my carpet. Can you tell me how you taught them to learn their names?
 

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