Thinking about getting some quail; any advice?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by AviMavi, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. AviMavi

    AviMavi New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    I'm not exactly new to keeping poultry; I have eight chickens right now whom are all doing just lovely. But I'm not sure exactly how different quail are from chickens in terms of space needed, if they get broody or not, how much they eat, etc.

    I do already have a pen in mind for about three quail that's about 2x3x2.5 feet, and has a smaller one square foot outcrop. I was going to have the whole thing up on stilts with a mesh bottom, but would it be better to just have the thing be out on grass or dirt? And while I've heard that quail do fine with about one square foot per bird that just seems a little... small.

    I was also planning on keeping the quail relatively close to the chicken pen, so does anyone know if there are any diseases that can hop between them? And would it be possible to do a mix of chicken feed with regular quail feed, or to just keep them completely on chicken feed if I supplement their protein with something else? The stores around here only stock quail starter for some reason, and thats around 30% protein, and I'm pretty sure that adults only need something in the 20% range.
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015
    Keep doing more research, what kind of quail are you wanting most will fit into that size of space, there are some people that will put 20 button quail in a 2X2,I'm going to get a dozen each of jumbo coturnix and texas a&m. They must be kept on quail feed which can also be called game bird feed, chicken feed does not contain the correct things for quail because they are different breeds.
  3. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2013
    St. Clements, ON
    Do searches on this site. There's a lot of information here. Search space, feed, with chickens, etc.

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