Wild quail came to live with chickens

adstowe

Songster
Aug 8, 2016
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Colorado
I have a bunch of wild quail that come steal food from my chicken's feeder. I used to have a waterer and feed dish just for them, but they are perfectly content just stealing from the chickens and the chickens pay them no mind so I stopped and just accept that my chicken's feed bill is going to include a bunch of quail too. Depending on time of year there can be anywhere between a half dozen and somewhere pushing 30. I like having them around, so I don't mind.
 

Fishkeeper

Crowing
Oct 30, 2017
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Central Texas
We definitely need pics.
Yeah, if there's no visible issues, it's no problem! Hypothetically it could be carrying diseases, but if your chickens are exposed to wild birds and the droppings thereof, they're exposed to said diseases anyway.
 

Tmroper

In the Brooder
Nov 15, 2018
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Thanks guys, he seems happy, even will go in the coop at night sometimes. Otherwise he roosts on the ground nearby. I prefer he go inside so he stays safe. My chickens are locked up every night.
 

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