Quail and Chickens -- no, not what you're thinking

Discussion in 'Quail' started by SkyWarrior, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking at the threads about quail and chickens and someone said that quail could get a disease from chickens that is very nasty.

    So, if that's true, I'd like to know what it is, as I do have chickens in other pens. I have no desire to add my quail to the chickens--that would be insane. [​IMG]
     
  2. Stellar

    Stellar The Quail Lady

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    Mycoplasma- Coryza
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    When keeping quail and chickens, make sure to use careful bio security. Use different shoes to enter chickens runs and quail aviaries. Use rubber gloves or wash your hands between visiting quail and chickens. Do not share feeders, waterers or any cleaning utensils. This sort of thing.

    It is not as scarey as it sounds really. But disease can be carried on your hands, feet and clothes. Just be as careful as you can and you will be fine.
     
  4. whitejerabias

    whitejerabias Out Of The Brooder

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    Bumping this up as I am getting chickens in the spring, but also want to raise some quail. Working in the restaurant industry I am well versed in cross contamination. Is there also a risk of disease from quail to chickens or just chickens to quail. Is is just housing that they need separated or entirely different environments? I'm thinking of a scenario where one or the other birds are free ranging. Is it okay if they range on the same uh, range, should I let them out at separate times or should they be always confined to their runs if I plan to have both types of bird?
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Quail need to be housed on their own, not only for disease transfer, but being that they are very small compared to chickens, quail can get killed. So offer quail their own space. Quail do not free range. Well they will once. And you won't see them again. You can raise them in pens or in an aviary. In the pens you can offer them a run to get out of their enclosure or in an aviary they will always be "free ranging" in their aviary.
     
  6. whitejerabias

    whitejerabias Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for your response. So assuming I keep the birds apart, the quail (in their pen) will be fine if the chickens free range close by?
     
  7. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i think the main problem is when poo is involved.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    You can keep chickens near by without much issue, as long as you practice good sanitation. Feather dust can blow around, but if not RIGHT next to each other, it shouldsn't be a problem. My quail and chickens only have a 20 foot buffer zone, and nothing seems to creep into eithers area, unless I drag it in..such as Mibotsu says, poop on feet, crud on your hands.
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Considering that mycoplasmas and coryza, the 2 most commonly transferred between the two species, are both respiratory illnesses, poo has nothing to do with it.
     
  10. jerryb

    jerryb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so here is the next obvious question to this thread:

    is there a risk to the chickens from the quail or is the risk only to the quail from the chickens?

    I have a small flock of chickens and would like to keep some quail. I can set up an area away from the chickens with ease and plan to use an elevated aviary. if the risk is mainly to the quail then I feel like I can move ahead safely and rely on caring for the quail before checking in on the chickens, good hand washing and distance to handle things.

    Jerry
     

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