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Discussion in 'Quail' started by Luhu123, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. Luhu123

    Luhu123 In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2012
    Hey I'm thinking about quail but i know next to nothing about keeping them. I have four chickens can i put the quail in with them?
    Most of all are quail friendly (and or cuddly?)


  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC and the quail forums!

    Nope, you can not keep chickens and quail together. Chickens carry diseases that can kill quail, chickens are too large to live with quail and can kill the quail, and the feed requirements are different for chickens and quail.

    Nope again on whether quail are cuddly. LOL Quail do not like to be handled at all. They will, however, feed from your hand and if friendly enough, come running for some treats. It takes work to friendly them up. But for the most part, quail are elusive and do not care much for human companionship.
  3. Luhu123

    Luhu123 In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2012
    Oh ,thanks anyway.
  4. steveovergard

    steveovergard In the Brooder

    Sep 29, 2012
    We hand raise and handle our quail a lot from the hatching on through adulthood. Although they are not "cuddly" per se, they don't have any fear of humans and don't try to run away and hide. When I pick one up, it settles down in a few seconds. They don't like to be restrained so once I pick one up, i just hold it in my hand without restraining it. If you do need to restrain one, it is best to flip it upside down and gently hold it with your hand on it's back and one side. Hold the other side of the quail against your stomach. Even a wild child will calm down in seconds using this method.

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