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Quail with Caged Birds?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by clawstar, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love to mix my cot quail with some other birds. Any suggestions? Quail take up the space at the bottom of my aviary, so I would like a few small birds who will fly around on perches and stuff. But the birds must be reasonably hardy. I don't expect these birds to be out and about in the snow or anything, but birds who can withstand a cold winter with a heat lamp? Also please consider the birds. I would hate for the quail to attack the birds or the other way around. Quail are ground birds so they are unlikely to hurt a bird who normally stays off the ground, and can fly to get away from any bullies.

    I live in Washington, so winters are cold, and it gets Wet and Windy year round. Aviary has a roof, and tarps can be placed to get rid of most wind. Small boxes and shelters can also be made for birds. New floor and wire sides will be added soon, so birds wont be able to escape, no matter how small they are.

    Please comment me any ideas or recommendations. If you don't agree with mixing the birds, please be polite. I am aware that mixing species doesn't always work. I will have an appropriate back up plan, and will take care of all my birds.
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  2. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Birds I have kept together with button quail.

    Cockatiels
    Any of the dove species
    Bourkes parakeets-any of the grass parakeets ABSOLUTELY NOT BUDGIES, LOVE BIRDS, CONURES, PARROTLETTS, MOST OTHER HOOK BILLS.
    Many of the finch species
    Canaries

    With a lot of work mixed aviaries are fascinating.
     
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  3. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how would finch react to birds 10X their size? and the cold? heatlamp?
     
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    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And wind? Must I be cautious about that or will finch be smart enough (unlike quail XD) to find shelter in high wind?
     
  6. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If there's shelter they will find it. My zebra finches do well as long as temperatures stay above freezing.
     
  7. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so if I cut a finch-sized hole in the wire of a heated hutch, add perches along the hole and inside the hutch they will be fine?
     
  8. nchls school

    nchls school Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make the holes big enough to fly through. Also, not all finch species would be suitable for what you want. Some are downright finicky. Be sure to do research before buying. And get them long before cool weather so they can become acclimated and know their environment well.
     
  9. clawstar

    clawstar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im thinking Society or Zebra. They will do well right? which should I choose?
     
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    So clawstar, I am interested in getting a pair of button quail. I believe they will do fine with the societies and zebras and may help me keep my food source (seed scatter) down to avoid feeding the mice. Do you know a breeder in WA?
     

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