When can I put young quail in the same cage as adults

Discussion in 'Quail' started by yellowchick, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. yellowchick

    yellowchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some 4 week olds and need to know when I can put them in with the adults. The adults are in a 7.5 cubic foot cage and I would like to have 10 birds in this cage. Can I have 2 males and 8 females without any problems? They are brown Cortinex with one female A&M.
     
  2. Epona142

    Epona142 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would imagine four weeks old would be fine? I don't remember the exact date I put my younger quail with my older, but the younder were mostly feathered out and at least half the size of the older, I think.
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    If the older ones are already in there you'll need to remove them for a few days to a week, then put everyone back in the cage, including the young ones.

    I would also wait until the younger ones are either laying or almost laying, or there could be problems.

    8 females to 2 males is fine in that size cage, I had 10 females and 2 males in a cage the same size.

    ETA: If the older ones are already breeding age, then I would wait till the young ones are too. If none of them are breeding age yet you should be able to.
     
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  4. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:DONT DO IT! NOT AT 4 WKS OLD. I DONT KNOW WHAT SPECES OF QUAIL, BUT IT DOESNT MATTER--- DONT PUT THEM IN UNTIL FULL SIZED AND THEN THEY NEED TO BE INTRODUCED--- IN A SMALLER CAGE INSIDE YOUR PEN WHERE THE OLDER ONES CANT ATTCK THEM
     
  5. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

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    Quote:DONT DO IT! NOT AT 4 WKS OLD. I DONT KNOW WHAT SPECES OF QUAIL, BUT IT DOESNT MATTER--- DONT PUT THEM IN UNTIL FULL SIZED AND THEN THEY NEED TO BE INTRODUCED--- IN A SMALLER CAGE INSIDE YOUR PEN WHERE THE OLDER ONES CANT ATTCK THEM

    I am with Jeff here
     
  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:DONT DO IT! NOT AT 4 WKS OLD. I DONT KNOW WHAT SPECES OF QUAIL, BUT IT DOESNT MATTER--- DONT PUT THEM IN UNTIL FULL SIZED AND THEN THEY NEED TO BE INTRODUCED--- IN A SMALLER CAGE INSIDE YOUR PEN WHERE THE OLDER ONES CANT ATTCK THEM

    I am with Jeff here

    Jeff?? I thought it was JIm! [​IMG]
    ETA: If they are coturnix, you can put all of them into a new cage together at the same time and they won't fight. But wait until they are of breeding age.
     
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  7. yellowchick

    yellowchick Out Of The Brooder

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    My 3 adults are breeding and lying eggs. My young ones are in a cage directly in front of the adults cage about 3 feet away so they have seen them for 3 weeks now. They are brown cornitex (or however you spell it) [​IMG]
     
  8. NancyDz

    NancyDz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea I have 4 different cages and if I'm adding some, I just move them all to a different cage... musical cages... then they dont notice the new ones so much...


    I dont usually add them til they are 6-7 weeks for coturnix though..


    Nancy
     
  9. byoung14ever

    byoung14ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Do you mean square feet? A 2'lx2'wx2 ft high cage is 8 cubic feet but is only 4 square feet which is to small for 10 birds. You will have problems in a cage this crowded if you have more than one roo in there. I would have a cage about twice that size for them
     
  10. yellowchick

    yellowchick Out Of The Brooder

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    I did mean square feet. thanks
     

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