Quail and Chickens - Can they mingle?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CollegiateChicken, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. CollegiateChicken

    CollegiateChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm not sure if this is the right area to pose this question, but here it goes:

    I am thinking about getting two button quail from a friend of mine who is trying to find them a better home. I have four 3 1/2 month old chicken pullets, all over which are well over two pounds, and an adult rooster. I'd like to help my friend out, and I think the quail are adorable, but I don't want to take them if they just get picked on by my much larger chickens. I have a 6' x 14' chicken tractor (part of which is an attached coop), and my thoughts are that it may just be too close of quarters if I get the quail.

    Any advice is appreciated.
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

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    DO NOT mix quail and chickens. The chickens will kill the quail, especially Button quail. They are best kept in a large "tank" in the house. Chickens and quail have diseases that can be fatal to each other also.
     
  3. CollegiateChicken

    CollegiateChicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! I'm glad I saw this before I got them. I may still get them, but keep them in a separate area.
     
  4. DrinkTheRainbow

    DrinkTheRainbow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, it's a bad, bad, bad, bad idea. Even if it's just with chicks. The chicks will peck their poor heads bloody.
     

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