New to quail...can you keep a small flock of chickens and quail together?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by CoensChickens, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  3. Yes, in smaller flocks of 30 or less

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  4. Yes in larger flocks also

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  5. No, never, always in pens

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  1. CoensChickens

    CoensChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there, I am new to quail and looking at hatching out my first batch soon. I know they are quite a bit smaller than chickens but do you have to have a pen for them or can they possibly be kept with my existing chickens? I would have quite a few so they wouldnt be too outnumbered by them. I love to have my chickens free range, they are so happy that way.
    I have read that quail are not as smart, so would they be able to learn after watching the chickens? I do have a small fenced off section for when my chickens were very young and first out there but I do not want to necessarily close it off and make my chickens have to fly out to free range.
    Any advice would be awesome as I want to learn as much as possible before they arrive :)
    Thanks!!
     
  2. funsized72

    funsized72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most people say no because chickens have diseases they are resilient to while quails are catch them and die
     
  3. Dragons4u

    Dragons4u Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And those diseases can remain residual in the soil for a year or more, passing to the quail when they play in it.
     
  4. CoensChickens

    CoensChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome to know! Thank you :)
     

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