October 24, 2012 at 12:34 am #257376
Hi has anyone had experience keeping chickens and quails together in the same pen, good idea :tup: , or madness :jawdrop: ? I have had chickens for many years but want to buy some quails and was wondering if I could pen them together?
cheers JarnOctober 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm #528354
I think it will end poorly, very poorly. Either the chickens will kill the quail, or the quail will run away and never be seen again when you let the chickens out.
On second thoughts, what kind of chickens? Japanese bantams may be small enough not to kill them if they have enough room to hide in the pen.October 25, 2012 at 9:35 am #528355
I have 6 Silky bantams and one sussucks (spelling) X rode Island red (2 of the bantams are chicks and the chook does not bother them). They are all placid and kill none of the wild birds that enter the pen. I have had Isa browns in the past that would kill every sparrow and minor bird that could. I intended to install a barrier in the pen to deter the quails in escaping but only high enough so the chooks can jump over, so I have time to let them in and out and keep the quails in. I was just interested if anyone had been successful in this combination before, maybe I’m trying to be too efficient with the use of space and pens. I would also be interested to know if of any successful combinations of animals penned with chooks that people have had. I have had no issues with guinea pigs with my chooks. If anything the chooks fear the pigs.
cheers JarnNovember 4, 2012 at 6:25 pm #528356
I am in the process of building a new chook pen 14 x 12 meters and about 3 1/2 meters high in the middle. It will have some fruit trees etc inside and it will be completely covered with bird netting. I am intending to try chooks, pigeon and quail all in together. But will have habitat to suit each variety and hope they can get on ok. I was reading just recently of another bloke that did the same without any problems.
DennisNovember 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm #528357
Great to hear that someone has had success at least, I too think it will be OK, whilst the quail is a different species they have a similar size different issue to chicks in the same pen as other chickens and learn to get out of the way of cranky chooks. I intend to put in enough understory refuge for the quails and plant out Lomandra longifolia that can be used as refuge for the quails throughout the pen. Anyway unless I hear of actual disastrous results I will give it a try and post the results.
cheers Jarn 🙂
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