Should I get quail?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by sawyerdog110, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. sawyerdog110

    sawyerdog110 New Egg

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    Hello everyone! I've been wanting chickens for a long while, but I don't have a huge backyard. Not to mention I have neighbors close by. I would be heartbroken if I got noise complaints from chickens. So, I researched about other poultry, and came across quail. They fit the bill perfectly. My question is, are quail affectionate? If I were to raise a few quail chicks would they grow to like me, or would the be skittish and independent? I would own quails just for the company (the eggs are a nice addition as well) so it's sorta important that they are somewhat affectionate.
     
  2. jvin4974

    jvin4974 New Egg

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    I think it depends on the type of quail. I hear California valley (the ones you probably see running on the street) are very skiddish and eventually run away if you let them out. I like the coturnix quail (or Japanese quail) they are affectionate and are not loud and can be kept in a very small area. And they lay lots of little eggs. :)
     
  3. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't call my coturnix affectionate but they aren't skiddish. They don't mind being held but I don't do that often. They will eat from my hand and they have no problem running around my hands as I feed, change water, clean the cage, or collect eggs. I did start hand feeding them very early so they got used to my hand. I also used a brooder that opened form the side. That helps them not be so afraid of you, since you don't look like a predator coming at them from above.

    You will need to be mindful of your male to female ratio. You'll want 4-7 females to each male. If you don't want to hatch eggs, I suggest you get only females. Males can fight and harm each other. And they will get into crowing matches with each other.
     
  4. UniqueQuail

    UniqueQuail Just Hatched

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    I agree with lomine. They aren't affectionate. I'd recommend a cockatiel for that. My cockatiel is affectionate. Jap quails can be tamed fairly easily by hand feeding etc. I love keeping them and the eggs are great. Also very fun to breed. Negative side is that they are smelly (I wouldn't keep them in the house although some do).
     

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