Quail with chickens?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by brooster, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Keeping quail with chickens?I am hatching some quail and was wondering if i could just keep them in the coop with the chickens? What do you think? All i need to do is put in a little feeder and waterer. Maybe give them something to hide in. What do you think? These are white coturnix quail im talking.
  2. Dodgegal79

    Dodgegal79 Songster

    Dec 1, 2007
    Princeton BC Canada
    Best to give them their own area. The chickens will beat them up, they are very small.
  3. crazyfowllady

    crazyfowllady In the Brooder

    Oct 21, 2007
    Louisa, VA
    I had a lone bobwhite male move in with my chickens, and he did get picked on a little. He free ranged with my bantam chickens, but was picked off withing two weeks by one of my many hawks. I really don't think keeping the little quail with chickens any length of time would be a good idea. Does anybody else out there have an opinion?
  4. SamG347

    SamG347 Songster

    Mar 4, 2007
    Your quail are going to need a seperate pen with a secure ROOF. Otherwise you can say bye bye quailys. If it is one thing they like to do it is FLY. And also the chickens would probably give the quail are hard time.
    Good Luck with the quai!
  5. Lophura

    Lophura Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Not at all recommended - all the reasons already stated.

  6. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    yea, I've had a pigeon w/my chickens (seems similar enough to me for me to comment) and now s/he's been gone for 2 days b/c I was so used to her/him running around w/the chickens but evidentally her wings grew out long enough & it took off. It did get beat up a *little* by the chickens, but that was just pecking order, IMO. The only real concern is the flight issue, IMO.
  7. Picco

    Picco Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    Not a good idea. The chickens would beat the poor little thing up badly, if they didn't kill it.

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