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Safe birds to keep with Chinese Quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Kitei, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Kitei

    Kitei In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2012
    I have a -large- cage that I have a couple of quail in the bottom of, but because it's so big, I'd like to be able to keep another bird species in there. I'm aware that most parrots, parakeets, etc, are out of the question, but I wondered what my options actually were? I assume Parrotlets (celestial) are also fairly aggressive and unsuitable?

    I am aware they can mix with canaries and some finches, but I don't particularly want finches or canaries as we already have a couple elsewhere. I was wondering if Diamond Doves would be alright?

    In regards to what I could offer the birds, food and toys, etc, can be bought if any need anything. As I said, the cage is large, I'd like to get a pair of whatever I'm having. If they're friendly or flying breeds, then I'm in most of the day and can close the room to allow them out for a flight or explore. I do really like friendly birds and if there were any suitable, I'd prefer ones that I could interact with.

    Thanks for any help!

  2. GrandmaBird

    GrandmaBird Songster

    May 28, 2012
    I think any bird would need to be introduced to the buttons. I have a budgie/parakeet that lives what I call next door, cages next to each other, and he loves to talk to the buttons and they talk to him, its cute. He is not in the actual cage as I use a low roofed one for the buttons and the budgie likes to be up high. The only ones I know I would not try would be lovebirds or conures as they are pretty aggressive anyway. Good luck.
  3. jensan

    jensan In the Brooder

    Nov 1, 2012
    I would think finches or canaries. Years ago I kept a trio of buttons with a pair of conures but it was a large indoor aviary set up, currently I have a pair in a cage next to my amazon and he seems to enjoy having them there.
  4. TheWeeBee

    TheWeeBee Chirping

    Feb 20, 2012
    St. Petersburg, FL
    I would only keep BQ's with softbilled birds like finches as jensan mentioned. Hookbills can chew and get aggressive (even budgies--hens especially).

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