new to quail

Discussion in 'Quail' started by spish, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    hi all, ive never had or never wanted to keep quail, until last week 6 little japanese quail came into our 'rescue', quickly followed by another 6 (so yeah now we have 12)
    i know NOTHING about quail and am quickly trying to learn how to keep them. i have 6 inside in the bottom of my finnch avery and 6 outside i a large portable chicken house with run.

    how much room do quail need? ive read they can sit outside over winter but feel sorry for the 6 outside when the others are nice and cosy inside :)

    also how do i sex them. i have no idea if i have girls or boys. i didnt even know what type of quail they were until i saw a pic on here about an hour ago!

    i have them on quail food (really small pieces of grains and corn it looks like) is this ok for them? i read somewhere they eat bird seed??

    ive given them a bowl of bird sand/grit/oyster shell mix too

    ive quickly fallen in love with these little guys and think (hope) to breed them if i have males and females :)
     
  2. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a link that would be able to help you out.
    James
     
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    thanks for the link that fabulous info...just left with one unanswered question...can quail live with mini chickens? (serama/chabo) i've read quaim cant ive with chickens (but the only reason given is because they are much bigger and can hurt them) but mini chickens are a lot smaller......would it be possible to let them live together r is there another reason why quail and chickens dont mix?
     
  4. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please follow the link that is at the bottom of my signature. Coryza is a respiratory disease that chickens carry.

    And only because I'm "slow", is a "mini-chicken" smaller than a bantam? (I'm ot a chicken person, but I've never heard that term before)
    James

    Edited to add: my apologies, I didn't realize that you were from Belgium, as there may not be a translation for "bantam" in Dutch, French or German.
     
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