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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Mike32, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Mike32

    Mike32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got quail this past weekend and just now read that you can't keep them with chickens which I also have. Now is that referring to keeping them in the same coop? Or in the same area? How about having them close to rabbits? Would I have to move them to another side of the property? Thanks
     
  2. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read it's dangerous for two reasons. One, there are certain avian diseases that might not affect one group of poultry but would destroy the other group. A common example is blackhead with turkeys. Chickens aren't hurt by it, but it will destroy an entire flock of turkeys. Another reason is size difference, they could easily get squished by the bigger birds.

    I'd keep your quail at safe distance from your chickens just to be safe. I'm not sure if the diseases are airborne or not but you'd hate to find out the hard way. I've never read about anyone saying they've had problems housing quail near rabbits but it's always a possibility.
     
  3. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    If they are in their own cage/hutch and not sharing water with chicken you are fine.
     
  5. Mike32

    Mike32 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have them in a rabbit cage. My chickens are close by though, about 6 feet away or so. They have their own water and don't share anything with the chickens. They are right next to my rabbits though.
     
  6. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Then you are fine [​IMG]
     
  7. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Mike32! I'm also in NM, also just started with quail, also have chickens and rabbits. Are you copying me? Oh! Am I copying you? [​IMG]

    My quail are on one side of the house, chickens on the other and the rabbits live with the chickens. [​IMG]

    I do make a point of detouring into the house for a thorough hand scrubbing between the chicken pen and the quail hutch ( come to think of it, my quail are also in a rabbit hutch - like yours...hmmmm)

    From what I've read and asked, no matter which side of the "great debate" you fall on, as long as you pratice common sense avian biosecurity, you should be fine.


    [​IMG] Just my newbie 2 cents!
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Quote:Wow! Lots of New Mexicans raising quail and chickens these days!! Cool!! It is going to be a cold night tonight here in NM, so tuck in those birds good and warm folks. [​IMG]
     
  9. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    Just... separated, so that they can't hurt each other is my guess
     

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